Festive fun lined up for lights switch-on

A WORLD champion triathlete will be turning on the town’s Christmas lights tomorrow (Saturday).

Daventry’s Mike Smallwood will be in charge of this year’s big switch-on.

He won gold in the 65-69 age group at the ITU World Championship series final in China this year and is also a European champion.

The light switch-on event gets underway in the High Street at 2pm with a host of fun and games taking place.

Two characters from the Royal and Derngate’s Christmas production of Aladdin will also be coming along in costume to get involved in the action.

And there will be a variety of street entertainment from stilt walkers, face painters and jugglers.

The day is being organised by Daventry Town Council (DTC) with the official lights switch-on taking place at 4.30pm.

DTC communications officer Lynn Scott said: “It’s great that Mike is coming along to turn on the lights.

“We’ve also got performances on stage from Kate Fisher’s Academy for Dance and some cheerleader demonstrations.

“There will also be arts for kids and we’ve invited all the businesses in Sheaf Street and the High Street to get involved.

“It’s a big event for the town and it will be nice to get as many people along as possible.”

n Businesses in Bishops Court have joined forces to arrange their own competition to mark the switch-on.

Julie Turner, from The Shop Around the Corner, said: “The shopkeepers all decided to put a Christmas tree up in Bishops Court and came up with the idea of a competition for children in the town.

“Any children up to 12 years old can enter for free, and the idea is to make a Christmas decoration for our tree.

“The children need to bring their decorations into one of the shops in Bishops Court before November 19, along with their name and contact details, and they will then be judged by the shopkeepers.

“The main prize is a 258-piece art set and there is also a musical teddy on offer for younger children who enter.

“We have around six prizes all together and just thought it would be a fun thing for the kids to do.

“The decorations can be absolutely anything.”