Wednesfield Christmas lights switch on welcomes the festive season
On Thursday 26th November, 2015, Wednesfield will be illuminated by the Christmas Lights Switch On. Festivities start at 4 pm with a Carol service in St. Thomas’s Church and Signal 107.7 FM keeping the audience entertained in the High Street with their popular Roadshow hosted by Wednesfield native Dicky Dodd.
The City Mayor Councillor Ian Brookfield and Mayoress Councillor Paula Brookfield will be joining Father Christmas to officially turn the lights on at 5pm.
The free event, which welcomed over 500 people last year, will be packed with Yuletide activities including a timely Christmas Charity Market with a variety of stalls which will be open from 2pm until 6pm providing the perfect opportunity for some local Christmas shopping.
In the heart of Wednesfield, the historic St. Thomas’s Church will be play host to a Carol Service, starting at 4pm until 4.45pm, ensuring no one misses out on the big switch on at 5pm. It promises to be a vibrant event with local schools singing their favourite Christmas Carols including St. Patrick’s R.C. Primary, St. Alban’s C of E Primary, St. Thomas’s C of E Primary, Wodensfield Primary and Long Knowle Primary, all singing at this wonderful event.
To keep families and children amused throughout the colourful evening there will also be rides, amusements and refreshments along the main High Street.
Of course no light switch on event would be complete without Santa’s all important Sleigh which will be provided by the Rotary Club of Wednesfield.
The lights switch on event is hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council with support from community group Hands On Wednesfield (HOW). HOW Chair, James Clarke, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting this annual local event. It is important that we continue with events such as this that bring the local community and friends and family together. It also means that everyone can continue to benefit from a beautifully lit up village throughout the festive season. We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to what promises to be a fun evening for everyone.”
To ensure that everyone can easily access the market stalls, carol service, amusements and entertainment at the event, the High Street will be closed from 3pm to 6 pm on the day with buses re-directed along Alfred Squire Road, Neachells Lane and Lichfield Road.