This year’s Christ­mas light switch-on will be su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic!


Grimsby Telegraph - - News - By Abby Rus­ton abby.rus­ton@reach­

WITH just over three weeks to go un­til the Christ­mas lights are switched on in Grimsby’s Bull Ring – we can re­veal a lit­tle more about the fun-filled fam­ily event. The ex­cite­ment kicks off at 3pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22, and runs through un­til 8pm. The fes­tive pa­rade starts at the River­head with the ac­tual light switch-on timed for 7pm in the Bull Ring and St James’ Square.

As in pre­vi­ous years, there are al­ways spe­cial guests and char­ac­ters to bring colour to the event.

This year vis­i­tors are promised a “Mary Christ­mas” – as the theme of the fes­tive fri­vol­ity will be coated in a spoon­ful of sugar – with a fab­u­lous Mary Poppins vibe. Not only will “Mary” make an ap­pear­ance but she will be joined by her faith­ful friend Bert and even the cute pen­guins.

The theme co­in­cides with the highly an­tic­i­pated movie Mary Poppins Re­turns, which is due to be re­leased in UK cin­e­mas from Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21. It stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, along with Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and An­gela Lans­bury, even Dick Van Dyke; who ap­peared in the orig­i­nal movie. In ad­di­tion, mem­bers of the Grimsby Au­di­to­rium pan­tomime cast Beauty And The Beast, will also join the group and you’ll be able to have selfies taken, too.

The free an­nual fes­tive light switch-on will also re­quire a spe­cial per­son to help bring the il­lu­mi­na­tions to life and the Grimsby Tele­graph are still re­ceiv­ing nom­i­na­tions for the 2018 Lo­cal Hero. Do you know some­one who de­serves a spe­cial treat with a star­ring role in the Big Christ­mas in Grimsby event?

We are search­ing for a Lo­cal Hero to kick off the cel­e­bra­tions and press the but­ton! Nom­i­na­tions can come from all walks of life, whether it’s a teacher who has guided you through a chal­leng­ing time at school, a char­ity worker who has worked tire­lessly all year to make a dif­fer­ence or even a young­ster who has bat­tled ad­ver­sity, ill­ness or sim­ply had a tough year.

In Novem­ber 2017, the panel of judges had a tough time de­cid­ing who should have the honour and whit­tled it down to not one but two de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als. Such was merit of both nom­i­nees – the judges gave their bless­ing for a dual role – with the fes­tive lights turned on by Ruby Oxbor­ough, 9, and Beryl Quantrill, 80 .

Ruby had been nom­i­nated by her mother’s aunt Diana Springall for her con­stant sup­port look­ing af­ter her mum, Sue, who has spent sev­eral spells in hos­pi­tal since her daugh­ter was four years old.

While Beryl was nom­i­nated for her ded­i­cated 53 years in ser­vice as a lol­lipop lady in Cleethor­pes.

There will be two days of Christ­mas-themed magic in Grimsby, with a de­li­cious food mar­ket run­ning along Vic­to­ria Street on both days. Vis­i­tors can en­joy the rein­deer pa­rade, see the don­keys, have fun on the chil­dren’s at­trac­tions, watch the light switch on and pick up some gifts in the fab­u­lous Grimsby Min­ster fair.

As well as the main event on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22, from 3pm to 8pm, there will be plenty of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties along Vic­to­ria Street, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, from 10am to 4pm and through­out the fes­tive pe­riod.

Shops in the cen­tre of town, in­clud­ing Fresh­ney Place, will open late into the evening un­til 8pm, for the tra­di­tional late night Thurs­day shop­ping, with free park­ing af­ter 5pm at Fresh­ney Place car park.

This year, Christ­mas in Grimsby is brought to you by Dis­cover NEL, NELC/Engie, VESR, Grimsby In­sti­tute, Fresh­ney Place, Grimsby Live, Com­pass FM, Lincs FM and the Cul­ture House.

To nom­i­nate your Lo­cal Hero email us at news­desk@grims­bytele­ with de­tails of the per­son you are nom­i­nat­ing, along with no more than 200 words on why you have cho­sen to nom­i­nate them. Please mark your email sub­ject line LO­CAL HERO. Al­ter­na­tively, send the in­for­ma­tion to: Lo­cal Hero, Grimsby Tele­graph, First Floor, Her­itage House, Fish­er­man’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY.

This year the dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, and judg­ing will take place the fol­low­ing week, ready for the big night on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22. So don’t de­lay nom­i­nate some­one to­day and get ready for a very jolly hol­i­day with Mary!

This year’s Grimsby Christ­masLights switch-on will be a fun-filled ex­trav­a­ganza with fes­tivesongs.

Vis­i­tors take part in the count­down to the Grimsby Christ­mas Lights switch-on last year.

Last year’s Grimsby Christ­mas Lights switch-on in St James Square saw two Lo­cal He­roes, Beryl Quantrill and Ruby Oxbor­ough, un­der­take the honour of press­ing the big red but­ton.

The 2018 Grimsby Au­di­to­rium panto will be Beauty and The Beast stars from the show will at­tend the big Christ­mas switch-on event.

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