Vil­lage’s sea­sonal lights put oth­ers in the shade

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

CHAR­ING’S own celebri­ties launched the vil­lage’s Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties.

Co­me­dian Vic Reeves, with wife Nancy Sor­rell and their twin daugh­ters, helped trig­ger the for­mal launch of the Christ­mas count­down in their com­mu­nity.

The event was or­gan­ised by a quar­tet of fundrais­ers, known as the Ladies of the Lights, whose leg­endary fundrais­ing has paid for the vil­lage’s lights for the past 11 years.

Their ef­forts meant Char­ing was one of county’s best lit-up vil­lages in time for Fri­day’s mag­i­cal evening that they or­gan­ised. Vis­i­tors and vil­lagers were able to en­joy re­fresh­ments stalls while ad­mir­ing the lights, and also visit craft and gift stalls in the barn.

The Ladies of the Lights are Anita Gudge, Mar­garet Sage, Linda An­drews and Anne Wino­grad.

For more pic­tures from Christ­mas events, see pages 30 and 31

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The lights in Char­ing High Street

From left, Chris­tine Stap­ple, Paula James and Jan­ice Bren­nan

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Vic Reeves, wife Nancy Sor­rell and their twin girls visit Santa

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