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Sparkling start to Christmas in Redditch with the festive lights switch on

Correspondent 16th Nov, 2018

RESIDENTS and visitors to Redditch town centre can enjoy some festive entertainment at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On.

The council, Kingfisher Shopping Centre and the Town Centre Partnership are joining forces to give visitors a festive treat starting with a community parade at 3.30pm next Saturday, November 24, from the Town Hall featuring groups from across the borough.

From 4pm there will be performances by Redditch Community Gospel Choir who will be bringing the community together with lively gospel style music with genres ranging from jazz to rock.

They will be followed by experienced performer Mitch Loveridge who will entertain the crowds with his unique vocal approach and passionate songs.

Audiences will then be wowed by the talented students of The Theatre Workshop as they come together to form a choir to exhibit their professional training, creative arrangements and vocal abilities.

At 4.30pm, visitors will then get to experience all the joys of pantomime when Pinkberry Productions take to the stage with their “very Pirate Panto” which promises a mysterious map, a perilous plan and a boat-load of the unexpected! The show is suitable for all ages, with plenty of wonder and spectacle for the younger ones with enough winks and one-liners to keep the young at heart gripped and giggling.

LED Hula Hoopers will then light up the stage before lights get switched on at 5.30pm with special guest, Father Christmas.

Councillor Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers Leisure Services, said: “I’d urge everyone to come and enjoy this wonderful free entertainment programme. I know people are in for a real treat.”

Domonique Lippett, marketing manager at Kingfisher said: “We’re thrilled to reveal the line-up for this year’s town centre Christmas Lights Switch On. There is a jam-packed programme of activity planned, and plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

“The Pirate Panto is also set to be a big hit. Come along and enjoy the magic of a traditional Pantomime with the excitement of swashbuckling Pirates and lots of Christmas sparkle. We can’t wait for next weekend and look forward to welcoming families along to help mark the start of the season in true festive style.”

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