YOU LIGHT US UP: Westlife star brings fes­tive cheer to town

Westlife singer and mayor kick off the fes­tiv­i­ties in town cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SINGER Bryan McFad­den teamed up with Hilling­don’s mayor to switch on the Uxbridge Christ­mas lights on Sun­day.

The Westlife singer joined mayor Ge­orge Cooper and en­thu­si­as­tic crowds to flick the switch out­side Uxbridge tube sta­tion, of­fi­cially lu­anch­ing this year’s fes­tive sea­son.

It fol­lowed a pa­rade from Che­quers Square to intu Uxbridge and pre­ceded Bryan giv­ing a per­for­mance at the Pav­il­ions shop­ping cen­tre.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan po­lice and Hilling­don Coun­cil spear­headed an ini­tia­tive for chil­dren in care, where gift tags with a re­quest were at­tached to the rail­ings around the Christ­mas tree.

The idea is for res­i­dents to take away the tag and buyb a gift.if Th Th­ese can thenh be taken to Botwell Green Li­brary, the Civic Cen­tre and Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion to be dis­trib­uted to chil­dren in need.

On Satur­day, Novem­ber 14, the mayor also switched on the lights at North­wood Hills, but a con­cert fea­tur­ing chil­dren from St John’s School, Hill­side Ju­nior school, Har­lyn Ju­nior School, North­wood School and Hay­don School had to be held in­doors due to bad weather.

To­day (Wed­nes­day) the mayor will switch on the Christ­mas lights in Hayes town cen­tre out­side St Anselm’s Church, Sta­tion Road, from 4pm.

n JOINT EF­FORT: (Clock­wise from above) Mayor Ge­orge Cooper and Bryan McFad­den switch on the lights; Santa leads the pa­rade through Uxbridge town cen­tre; a Christ­mas tree out­side the shop­ping cen­tre; chil­dren from St John’s School per­form in North­wood Hills; the Christ­mas tree in­side intu Uxbridge Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk WL156819

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