EYES LIGHT: PM’s big switch-on

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Hours after jet­ting back from Ar­gentina, Mrs May vis­its Twyford event

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By PHIL CREIGHTON

Theresa May was one of the VIPs in Twyford on Sun­day night. She vis­ited the vil­lage to help turn on the Christ­mas lights, with the help of Chicken Mad.

LOOK­ING re­laxed and happy, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May min­gled with the pub­lic, posed for self­ies and turned on a vil­lage's Christ­mas lights.

The Maiden­head MP was vis­it­ing Twyford on Sun­day, to help press the but­ton to light up the tree placed in its cross­roads.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple came out to greet the PM who had just re­turned from the G20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina.

She hugged res­i­dents, shook hands with chil­dren and even had rab­bit ears pulled by peo­ple stand­ing be­hind her when she was pos­ing for pic­tures.

The happy Prime Min­is­ter also gave a short speech where she en­cour­aged her au­di­ence to give a round of ap­plause for Chicken Mad, a group of young­sters who won the vil­lage's ta­lent con­test ear­lier this year and per­formed their unique take on Away In A Manger.

The quar­tet joined Mrs May and Lady El­iz­a­beth God­sal to push the but­ton that turned the tree lights on.

And Mrs May didn’t just light up the tree, she helped to dec­o­rate it too.

Vil­lagers were given wooden stars on which they could write their fes­tive wishes on.

Mrs May’s said: “I wish for a peace­ful and happy Christ­mas for every­one.”

She used a speech to pay tribute to the vil­lage.

“What makes Twyford such a great place is huge com­mu­nity spirit. Ev­ery­body gets in­volved. Ev­ery­body plays their part,” she said.

After thank­ing or­gan­is­ers, so also paid tribute to Lady El­iz­a­beth, the former high sher­iff of Wok­ing­ham bor­ough, who was also turn­ing on the Christ­mas lights.

She said: “Over the years, El­iz­a­beth has con­trib­uted so much to Twyford and our lo­cal com­mu­nity in a whole va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ways.

“Gor­don men­tioned ear­lier that you’d been High Sher­iff, but [you] also sup­ported and cham­pi­oned so many char­i­ties and causes in the vil­lage and in the sur­round­ing area.

“And El­iz­a­beth ... I’m re­ally, re­ally pleased to have this op­por­tu­nity to say a huge thank you to you for ev­ery­thing that you have done over the years to con­trib­ute to this lo­cal com­mu­nity be­cause the com­mu­nity owes you a great deal for your com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to Twyford.”

After the light switch on, she stayed to pose for more pic­tures with de­lighted vil­lagers while the nearby Bing­hams Tap Room filled with cus­tomers look­ing for a brew to take home.

The event raised £104.66 for lo­cal char­ity Build­ing For The Fu­ture, a Wok­ing­ham-based par­ent-led char­ity pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, sup­port and ther­apy for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and/or ad­di­tional needs.

Theresa May with her Christ­mas wish: it will go on Twyford’s vil­lage tree along with those made by lo­cal schools

Pic­tures: Phil Creighton/WP181202-002

Joy and won­der … Theresa May with Chicken Mad and Lady El­iz­a­beth God­sal turn­ing on the Christ­mas lights. There is real de­light in their faces as the vil­lage’s tree was lit up

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