Special festival 
planned for Christmas light switch on

Daventry Lights Switch On, 2013.
Daventry Lights Switch On, 2013.
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As brand new Christmas lights appear across the town, this week The Gusher can reveal Daventry’s Christmas Lights Festival is to take place on Saturday November 22.

The festival will kick-off from 1.30pm in Bowen Square and the organisers are promising a fun-filled afternoon featuring performances from a number of local groups and bands before the lights are officially switched by a special guest.

There will be stage performances from Breaking Point, a well known local band featured in The Gusher earlier this year after releasing their new album entitled Independence for free.

Other groups such as Benj & Benji will also be performing, while young people from The Phoenix Centre will be singing a number of songs from their upcoming performance of Snow White.

A comedy magician will be in attendance to impress with some mix and mingle magic while the crowd will also be treated to dance performances from Performers Academy, Scorpion Dance Academy and Academy No. 1.

The festival will also feature a number of crafts stalls, while a number of shops in the town will be showing a little festive spirit, with a number of promotions and special events throughout the day.

A caricaturist will also be in attendance and hot chestnuts will be available to buy while Anthony Church MBE -Daventry’s Town Crier, who has just been awarded the ‘Prestigious Grand as Owt Trophy for 2014/15’, will be announcing events around Town throughout the afternoon.

Deborah Jewell, town clerk at Daventry Town Council (DTC)said the festival will be an important opportunity to showcase the £10,000 new Christmas lights in the Daventry, which this year gives different parts of the town a different colour scheme.

There will be a white and gold colour scheme in Bowen Square and hanging bulbs in Sheaf Street to reflect the more traditional character of the area.

The bright blue lights of the previous design are being phased out in favour of more festive colours.

“Daventry Town Council has had a lot of comments this year about the hanging baskets, and this is a similar idea.

“We are hoping to promote the town an encourage more civic pride. Britain have had a depressing few years. Now we are coming out of it the council feels it is time to promote civic pride.”

“Everyone at the council has put a lot of work into the festival.”

“We wanted to get local groups involved, and this festival will be an opportunity for them to promote themselves and encourage people to participate.”

The Christmas Lights Festival is currently being organised by DTC communications officer Lynn Scott.