Public urged to join in festive switch-on

The crowd at St Annes Christmas lights switch-on 2013
The crowd at St Annes Christmas lights switch-on 2013
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St Annes is getting ready to shine!

The Christmas lights switch-on takes place in The Square on Saturday – and as many townsfolk as possible are being urged to come along and join the fun.

Clayton Mark as Elvis Presley

Clayton Mark as Elvis Presley

It is the first year St Annes Town Council has taken on sole responsibility for the event, after previously sharing it with Fylde Council, and a glittering array of lights is promised, extending beyond The Square into neighbouring town centre streets.

Heyhouses Community Choir, the Ormerod Trust’s Bright Souls Choir and Cantabimus from Kirkham will all be singing during an afternoon packed with festive entertainment – with songsheets available for the public on the day – ahead of the switch-on at 5pm, at which Town Mayor Coun Ed Nash will be joined by Carnival Queen Charlotte Griffiths.

Cast members from the Lytham panto Aladdin will also be on stage, while master of ceremonies will be Elvis impersonator Clayton Mark.

The switch-on will be immediately preceded by a lantern procession through The Square from the Town Hall, led by Father Christmas and featuring St Annes Brownies and Cubs packs carrying lanterns specially made for the occasion.

There will also be a small number of stalls – including one manned by the Carnival Queen and her retinue selling charity Christmas raffle tickets – in the car park in the area in front of the stage, which will be sited at the junction of The Square and Orchard Road.

A rolling road block will be in place when the procession is travelling through The Square.

“It’s going to be a great afternoon for the town and we hope to see as many people there as possible,” said Coun Nash.