October 1st, 2016

Hundreds brave the elements for the Rubery Christmas lights switch-on

Updated: 2:50 am, Dec 01, 2015

HUNDREDS of residents in Rubery and visitors to the village braved the elements to see the annual Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday (November 28).

The event saw a variety of live entertainment take place on the day, despite the heavy rain beforehand.

Among those performing were Issy Young, Sophie Thompson, Nathan Farrell, guitarist Susie Gee, the choir from St James Catholic School in Rednal and headliners The Candy Dolls.

Frozen characters Olaf and Elsa met their fans on the day and there were appearances by Father Christmas and Bromsgrove Town Crier Kevin Ward.

Coun Caroline Spencer was joined by local youngsters for the countdown and switch on and, although rain was in the minds of many in the build up to the event, the white stuff was the only thing people were thinking about after the plunger was pushed.

Classic Christmas songs were accompanied by a snow machine which visitors young and old alike delighted in.

Organiser Tony Maslen said: “Well done to the hundreds of people who turned up for the switch on.

“The performers, those operating the sound system and Father Christmas saw the evening ran smoothly and there were so many happy faces on the children who refused to let their event be ruined by the weather.”