Town all set for fire­works, fes­tive lights and fair

Lights switched on Fri­day, two-day Tin Hat fair

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - SAM HADADI hinck­ley­times@trin­i­tymir­

THOU­SANDS of fes­tive-feel­ing res­i­dents will be step­ping into Christ­mas this week­end at Hinck­ley’s spec­tac­u­lar lights switch-on.

This year’s event will see the town cen­tre lights switched on at 6.30pm by Le­ices­ter Tigers play­ers Manu Tuilagi and Lo­govi’l Mulipola, along with deputy mayor, coun­cil­lor Jan Kirby.

The switch-on will be fol­lowed by a fan­tas­tic fire­work dis­play over St Mary’s Church, spon­sored by the bor­ough coun­cil and the Show­man’s Guild.

The fes­tiv­i­ties will start at 4pm, with a full pro­gramme of en­ter­tain­ment tak­ing place on-stage in the Mar­ket Place.

The pro­gramme will in­clude per­for­mances from Vicky Anne Academy of Dance, Fern and Lisa, Steve Faulkner, The Drama Academy and Hinck­ley Choral Union.

The switch-on will also in­volve rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Hinck­ley Ex-Ser­vice­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion at 6pm.

The lights switch-on will also co­in­cide with the stag­ing of the tra­di­tional Tin Hat Fair in Re­gent Street. The fair will be open from 4pm un­til 10.30pm on Fri­day and from 11am to 9pm on Satur­day.

Coun­cil Leader Mike Hall said: “The Christ­mas lights switch-on is one of the most pop­u­lar events of the year and we look for­ward to an­other great night.

“I hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble come along and have a happy and safe time dur­ing what prom­ises to be an un­for­get­table evening.”

Sher­rilee Bur­dett, events and town cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor, added: “The event is set to be a great night for all the fam­ily with lots of things to see and do to get every­one in the Christ­mas spirit.

“We hope to see lots of peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves through­out the evening.”

In ad­di­tion to the en­ter­tain­ment in the Mar­ket Place, town cen­tre shops will be open and a special Christ­mas mar­ket will be held to pro­vide the crowds with an op­por­tu­nity to do some timely Christ­mas shop­ping.

Some of the town cen­tre busi­nesses that will be open on the night in­clude The Works, John­sons, New Look, Thorn­ton’s, Lit­tle Red Café, The Pottery Shed, Tay­lor Stephen­son, Vin­tage Ta­ble Tea Rooms, Sky Blue Vape Lounge, Tina’s Sweet Dreams, CeX and Mar­malade Meringue.

Mean­while, chil­dren will get a chance to see live reindeer and meet Santa in his grotto, which will be lo­cated at the top of Cas­tle Street.

Free Christ­mas crafts work­shop for chil­dren will also be tak­ing place at the United Re­formed Church as part of the event. Fam­i­lies are in­vited to drop in be­tween 5.30pm and 7.30pm to make a range of Christ­mas crafts to take home.

Road clo­sures will go in at Thurs­day from 3pm and will be in place un­til Sun­day morn­ing. Re­gent Street will be closed for the whole du­ra­tion, Lan­caster Road will op­er­ate in a one way sys­tem from Rugby Road to Sta­tion Road, while Sta­tion Road from the pub­lic toi­lets to Church Walk car park will be closed on Fri­day night be­tween 5.30pm and 7pm.

There will also be no pedes­trian ac­cess to Ar­gents Mead dur­ing the fire­works (6.35pm-6.50pm).

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