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4th Jul, 2022

IN PICTURES - Bromsgrove bustling with Christmas spirit as hundreds turn out for big switch-on

BROMSGROVE was packed yesterday afternoon and evening as the town kicked off its Christmas celebrations with the annual lights switch-on.

With last year’s cancelled because of Covid people were determined to go out and celebrate the start of the festive season.

The crowds joined in with the mass countdown, led by Bromsgrove District Council Chairman Coun Rod Laight at BirdBox where there was also a roadshow from community radio station BRMG. This event was supported by The Bromsgrove Indie Club.

We broadcast the countdown on Facebook Live – Click here to see it.

Picture by Tristan Harris. Copyright Bullivant Media.

But that was just one of many activities during the day-long seasonal extravaganza.

Picture by Tristan Harris. Copyright Bullivant Media.

Street Theatre characters graced the High Street, meeting and greeting revellers.

Bromsgrove Rotary Club’s Father Christmas journeyed through the town centre on the sleigh – he will soon be visiting roads across the district.

Picture by Tristan Harris. Copyright Bullivant Media.

There was plenty of festive street food and drink to be enjoyed and the Christmas Market returned to the top end, by Argos.

Vintage Class Singers perform a Christmas classic. Picture by Tristan Harris. Copyright Bullivant Media.

Also there were the Vintage Class Singers – performing Christmas classics, such as Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland, along with hits from the decades.

To watch Vintage Class Singers’ performance of Sleigh Ride, click here.

Picture by Tristan Harris. Copyright Bullivant Media.

The Christmas markets launched on the Friday with performances by students of Chadsgrove College and Bromsgrove’s Rock Choir.

Picture by Tristan Harris. Copyright Bullivant Media.

And the Primrose Hospice Lights of Love tree was officially illuminated at 5pm.

The Lights of Love is the charity’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, helping it provide free services and support for those affected by life-limiting diseases and their families.

Next Saturday is Rubery’s turn – click here for details of the Christmas lights switch-on there.

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