Article and images by Jonathan White
The Nantwich Christmas lights switch on, organised by Nantwich Town Council, took place on Friday 16th November 2018 on the Town Square in Nantwich.
Chris Radford from The Cat 107.9 FM community radio compered the event, with entertainment on stage from 4pm.
There was music from Phoebe Crew, Nantwich Young Voices with Christmas carols, Red Rose Princess singing several popular Disney and Christmas songs and a performance from local singer-songwriter Megan Lee who recently launched her debut album ‘Meet Me’.
The sponsors of the event and special guests were then invited onto the stage before the switch-on at 7pm.
The stage party comprised: Mayor of Nantwich Cllr David Marren with mayoress Belinda Marren and their five grandchildren (Maddie, Maisie, Anderson, Hattie and Corbin), Mark Gregory from Applewood Independent (who sponsored the square’s Christmas tree), Father Christmas, Megan Lee, and rector of St Mary’s Church Dr Mark Hart.
The mayor thanked the sponsors, organisers and everyone who attended for supporting the event.
A countdown ensued before the Christmas tree and the lights were turned on.
The switch-on was followed by a spectacular firework display by multi award-winning Crewe-based firework company Blitz Fireworks.
There was also a large inflatable Father Christmas adjacent to the stage. Refreshments were available from various stalls.
New for 2018 was the addition of a festive mini-artisan market, setting a festive scene alongside the churchyard
The event was enjoyed by several thousand people in crisp and dry weather.
The Christmas lights switch on is always a wonderful start to the festive period and now residents can enjoy a variety of events leading up to the big day including:
- Fashion Night Out on Thursday 22nd November
- Christmas Artisan Market on Saturday 8th December
- Christmas Farmers Market on Saturday 22nd December
Father Christmas will also be making a number of appearances – visit www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk for more information or search for ‘Nantwich Information’ on Facebook.