RUGBY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON 2011: Festive fun for all the family

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THE countdown to festive season is now on with just over two weeks to go until Rugby’s Christmas lights are switched on.

The 2011 Christmas Light Switch-On is due to take place on Sunday, November 27 and will be celebrated with a funfilled day for all the family.

The town will come alive with fireworks, story-telling, falconry display, have-a-go circus skills, face painting, a craft market, children’s rides, a snowboard simulator and a horse and cart. Activities will start from 11am and Father Christmas will be welcoming children into his grotto.

There will be a carol concert in St Andrew’s Church and free parking at the Clock Towers Shopping Centre and all Rugby Borough Council car parks.

Choir idol, featuring Bawnmore Infant School, Clifton Upon Dunsmore School, Henry Hinde Junior School, English Martyrs RC Primary School and Revel CE Primary School will start at 1pm, judged by Rugby Mayor Cllr Gwen Hotten.

The young choristers will be vying for the chance to win a recording session in the Rugby FM studios, with the winning carol being played out on Christmas Day on the radio station.

Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio for the economy and culture, said: “Christmas is a special time of year for many people and the switching on of the town’s festive lights really marks the start of Rugby’s countdown to the big day.”

Rugby FM will also be hosting a roadshow, with the boy band Juice headlining. Other acts include Joe Ridgeley, a puppeteer and magician, White Men Can’t Funk, Rugby’s Got Talent winners Holly Aires and Thomas Millet, a gospel choir, and String Fever, making their first Rugby performance since their sell-out concert at the Rugby Festival of Culture.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm by the mayor, followed by a spectacular fireworks display and carols led by the Salvation Army.