Thou­sands set to light up town

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BEA­CONS­FIELD is gear­ing up for a ma­jor Christ­mas event which is ex­pected to at­tract thou­sands of peo­ple.

The Bea­cons­field Fes­ti­val of Lights will take place on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 9 in the New Town, with roads in the area closed off for the event.

It is or­gan­ised by Bea­cons­field Ro­tary Club and spon­sored by busi­nesses in the area, with money go­ing to lo­cal causes.

In re­cent years, groups to have ben­e­fit­ted from the Bea­cons­field Fes­ti­val of Lights have in­cluded the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, the South Bucks Hospice and St John Am­bu­lance.

Main roads in the New Town will be closed, with a host of stalls and at­trac­tions lin­ing the streets.

Be­tween 4,000 and 5,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to enjoy the fun, with high­lights in­clud­ing a visit from Fa­ther Christ­mas on his sleigh, fair­ground rides and stalls, mu­si­cal per­for­mances and a laser light show.

Stalls will sell a va­ri­ety of items, and will also be used to pro­mote char­i­ties and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Peo­ple will also be able to enjoy late night shop­ping at a host of lo­ca­tions in the New Town, with busi­nesses stay­ing open for the oc­ca­sion.

In ad­di­tion to this, chil­dren from schools around the town will take part in a lantern pro­ces­sion.

A state­ment from the ro­tary club said: “Ev­ery year, one of the high­lights of the event is the pro­ces­sion of lanterns. The lanterns are made and dec­o­rated by the school­child­ren them­selves with the sup­port of their schools. We have over 300 chil­dren and their par­ents in the pa­rade.”

The pa­rade will start at Sun­rise of Bea­cons­field in Sta­tion Road, and will then progress through the town be­fore fin­ish­ing on the green out­side the Town Hall.

It will be fol­lowed by Fa­ther Christ­mas, a fire en­gine, brass bands and lo­cal dig­ni­taries.

Bea­cons­field Fes­ti­val of Lights will take place from 6pm un­til 8.30pm.

To find out more, go to www. bea­cons field fes­ti­val oflights.co.uk.

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