Richmond upon Thames saw a huge turnout as people flocked to the town centre to enjoy the Big Christmas Light Switch on Friday 24 November.
Performing elves helped get everyone in the festive mood as they entertained shoppers and families throughout the town from 4pm onwards and Santa’s grotto was open at the Vineyard Community Centre from 4pm until 6pm.
The atmosphere was further boosted by entertainer and compere for the evening, Shelle Luscombe and local children from Marshgate Primary School and St Richard’s Choir who showcased their singing skills with a selection of carols and seasonal songs. They were followed by community singing group Vocal Tonix who performed more festive favourites.
Then, after appearances by Rudi, Britain’s Cutest Pub Dog and Harley the Harlequin it was time for the main event. TV star Christopher Biggins, who is playing Widow Twankey in Aladdin at Richmond Theatre, arrived on stage to huge cheers from the audience and officially turned on the 2017 Richmond Christmas lights, before entertaining the crowds with songs and friendly banter.
Erick Kervaon, General Manager of the Bingham and chairman of Be Richmond who funded the event said:
“The Richmond Big Light Switch, organised by Be Richmond was a great fun evening and demonstrated how local businesses and residents can work together to show what a great town Richmond is. This year, for the first time, we have Christmas lights along the riverside from the Slug and Lettuce to Richmond Bridge.
For more information contact Anthony Gopaul, email: AnthonyGopaul@richmondbid.london, telephone: 020 3846 6358