More than ten thousand people packed the Market Square and surrounding streets of Stafford town centre on Saturday to see the Christmas Lights turned on.
There was live music from the stage in the ‘Square’ during the run up to the light switch on which was followed by a spectacular firework display from the roof of the Guildhall Shopping Centre.
It saw a welcome return for the hugely popular event which went ahead virtually last year because of Covid-19 restrictions.
The switch-on was performed by the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Tony Nixon, following a singalong from members of this year’s panto cast including CBeebies’ Rebecca Keatley and Maureen Nolan, who treated the massive crowd to the classic Nolan’s hit ‘I’m In the Mood for Dancing’.
It was the climax to a day of family Christmas fun with street entertainers, festive food stalls and traditional fairground rides all adding to the excitement throughout the Saturday.
The stage event was compered by BBC Radio Stoke’s Tim Wedgwood and also featured Stafford’s Harvest Centre Gospel Choir, local favourites The Cartoon Kings and former Hollyoaks star Tom Vaughan, performing songs from his solo music career.
The event on Saturday (20 November) was run by Freedom Leisure in collaboration with Stafford Borough Council.
Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure at the borough council said: “It was wonderful to see people and families with big smiles on their faces and really enjoying some superb entertainment culminating in our fantastic lights being switched on and a magnificent firework display.
“Huge congratulations to everyone involved in putting this wonderful show together it has provided the perfect start to the traditional countdown to Christmas in Stafford and brought a little bit of festive magic to our county town.”
Press Release No 5833