Light up town for Christmas

Gainsborough Christmas Lights Switch on 2010. Crowds gathered for the big switch on in the Market PLace. G101120-1h

Gainsborough Christmas Lights Switch on 2010. Crowds gathered for the big switch on in the Market PLace. G101120-1h

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CHRISTMAS is about to kick off in the town as Gainsborough Town Council would like to invite everyone to the grand 2011 Christmas Lights Switch-On event.

Taking place in the Market Place on Friday 18th November from 4pm to 8pm, the council say that this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Meanwhile, Marshall’s Yard will also be switching their lights on with an evening of events too.

A Town Council spokesman said: “We’ve something for everyone and will get you in the Christmas spirit as we head towards the festive period.”

“Why not come along to Market Square and bring the family to this year’s event?”

He added: “You can really enjoy yourself, visit some of the shops which will be staying open later, have loads of fun and help create a great festive atmosphere for all.”

In the Market Place, fair rides will be available from 4pm onwards and from 5.45pm local rock band The Torn take to the stage to play a live set, be supported by up and coming local singer Lizzie Goddard.

Then at 7pm there will be the traditional countdown and the turning on of the Town Centre Christmas Lights by Gainsborough Citizen of the Year, Pete McDonnell.

Meanwhile over at Marshall’s Yard, children’s rides, free horse and carriage rides, glowing stilt walkers and food and crafts stalls will be available from 4pm, before a zumba dance performance at 5.15pm then the Christmas lights switch-on by panto star Aladdin, Lincs FM and Santa.

There will then be a stage show at 6.30pm and a special festive performance by the Salvation Army at 7pm.

For full photo coverage of the event across the town, pick up next week’s Gainsborough Standard.