BROMSGROVE’S Christmas lights will be switched on this Saturday (November 22) by a home-grown star of the Harry Potter films.
Mark Williams, who played Arthur Weasley, dad to Ron, Fred and George, went to North Bromsgrove High School and was in seven of the hit movies adapted from the multi-million selling JK Rowling books.
He was also in 101 Dalmations, The Borrowers and Shakespeare in Love and has been in copious TV shows, including in The Fast Show, Red Dwarf, Bottom, Hustle, New Tricks and Dr Who.
He will flick the switch outside Argos at 5.30pm on Saturday.
Prior to the big countdown and the plunger being pushed, there will be a host of other festive activities, including a roadshow hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester radio presenter Malcom Boyden.
The fun will begin from 3.30pm There will also be a few festive flakes in the air with the snow machine that proved popular last year and Father Christmas and his merry helpers will be there.
Entertainment will be provided by local singers, youngsters from Chadsgrove School Choir and The Rock Choir.
And the popular Midwinter Fest, which was launched last year and became an instant success, will also return this year.
That will see a procession to St John’s Church after the switch-on, where there will be crafts, exhibits, scary walks and even a chance to climb the historic church’s tower which will enable participants to see the town lit up from almost 200ft in the air.
Coun Mark Bullivant, whose portfolio covers leisure, said: “The Christmas lights switch on events are always very popular and provide good old fashioned family fun to get you into the Christmas spirit.
“Come on down to either of the events and join in the fun and celebrations.”
There will also be the poignant lighting up of the Primrose Hospice Lights of Love trees. A special ceremony will take place at 5pm outside Asda.
Anyone wanting more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the events team on 01527 534030