Festive lights to be turned on

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 November 2011

Last year's Christmas lights in Portishead were switched-on by gymnast Imogen Cairns.

Last year's Christmas lights in Portishead were switched-on by gymnast Imogen Cairns.

Archant

THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas begins in Portishead on Monday when the town’s festive illuminations will be turned on.

The section of High Street between Wyndham Way and Combe Road will be closed between 6-7.15pm to allow for the switch-on.

A stage in The Precinct is expected to be crammed with VIP guests to help flick the switch to light up the town for the coming weeks.

This year Lorraine Schneider has been invited as guest of honour to switch the lights on.

Lorraine is the widow of Mike Schneider, a former lights committee member and long term supporter of the lights, who died earlier this year.

She will be joined on stage by chairman of Portishead Town Council Arthur Terry, BBC weather presenter Jemma Cooper and her co-organiser of Portishead carnival Wendy Watkins.

As always, Santa will be making a special appearance. He is expected to arrive at The Precinct on his sleigh at around 6.20pm when he will be happy to take letters from children who want to tell him how good they have been and what they are hoping for this Christmas.

The switch-on will be followed by a short but spectacular High Street firework display.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the North Somerset Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the North Somerset Times