Santa Claus in a sleigh her­alds Christ­mas lights switch on

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The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries THE Uxbridge Christ­mas lights switch on could be the big­gest and best ever.

Uxbridge is plan­ning a can­dlelit pa­rade through both the Pavil­ions and intu Uxbridge shop­ping cen­tres, led by Santa Claus in a sleigh and in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, youth groups and shop­pers.

Both shop­ping cen­tres and the main thor­ough­fare will have their Christ­mas lights switched off for the du­ra­tion of the pa­rade on Sun­day, Novem­ber 23, said Mike Crane of town cen­tre im­prove­ment body Uxbridge For­ward.

“There is noth­ing more mag­i­cal than the ex­cite­ment and joy that chil­dren have for Christ­mas, which is why we want chil­dren and young peo­ple to be a key el­e­ment of our town cen­tre Christ­mas pa­rade,” he said.

School and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions are needed to take part, and chil­dren will have the chance to make a pup­pet to carry with them on the day. A pup­pet work­shop will be held the pre­vi­ous Sun­day.

More de­tails of the event will be pub­li­cised as they are con­firmed.

Schools and youth groups want­ing to take part in the pa­rade can con­tact Mr Crane via email at mcrane@uxbridge­for­ward. co.uk

Light up the Hills! – see page 28 cam­paign on autism­re­lated mat­ters and fundraise, has writ­ten a book and since 2012 has run the Autism’s Got Tal­ent show for young per­form­ers af­fected by the con­di­tion.

Photo by Van de Velde www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL20134819

n JUMPING HOOPS: Sam­sam Bub­ble­man vis­it­ing Hilling­don Manor Pri­mary School to help them with an autism aware­ness day; (in­set) Hilling­don Manor School founder and autism cam­paigner Anna Kennedy (left) with ac­tress Kate Winslet, at Buck­ing­ham Palace to re­ceive her OBE at the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours on Novem­ber 24, 2012. Toby

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