Christmas Lights in Stafford will be special time

Date: 30 Oct, 2017

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The Christmas lights switch on in Stafford will have another ‘Olympic’ feel this year when a group of young people do the honours and illuminate the town’s sky.

Twelve months ago, gold medal winning canoeist Joe Clarke turned on the town’s lights following his success at the Rio 2016 games.

And this month (November) competitors from Special Olympics Stafford will perform the switch on for thousands who pack the town’s Market Square and surrounding streets.

Gold medal winning international figure skater, Cameron Sargent, aged 16, (pictured) will be joined by volunteer coach Mia Sharrat, aged 15, and local athletes Jordan Wright, aged 20, 19 year old Chelsea Biddulph, and Sam Caswell aged 18, along with head coach, Clive Gibson. They will accompany the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Aidan Godfrey, on stage on Saturday 18 November.

The day kicks off from 2pm with street theatre, amusements and an old school Christmas disco before the afternoon becomes a tribute to the 80s with a live musical show from ‘Now that’s What I Call 80’s’. The lights will be turned on at 5pm, triggering the launch of thousands of fireworks from the top of the Guildhall Shopping Centre, before the group come back on stage to do another 45 minute set.

Clive started Special Olympics Stafford in 2002 and now has 30 athletes taking part regularly. He is a former Sport Stafford Borough Coach of the Year.

“We were so delighted to be asked to turn on the Christmas lights in our town. It is such an honour and I hope recognition of the hard work these young people put in to overcome their difficulties and compete on a national, and international, stage.”

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at the Borough Council, said: “Each year we have real heroes from our own community to do the honour of turning on the Christmas lights and this year is no exception.

“You just have to admire the never give up attitude of these young people as well as the love and dedication Clive has put in to help them achieve their potential.

“I know this will be another tremendous day with thousands flocking to the centre of town for great music, fireworks and to see our inspirational young sports people.”

For more details about the day www.staffordbc.gov.uk/christmas and if you want to find out more about the Special Olympics go to www.specialolympics.org. The Stafford group also have a Facebook page - Special Olympics Stafford.


                        

Press Release No 5395

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