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Gravesend Christmas lights to be switched on this Friday

PUBLISHED: 11:47 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 14 November 2017

Gravesend's Christmas lights will be switched on this Friday

Gravesend's Christmas lights will be switched on this Friday

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A parade will walk through the town centre as part of the event

It will begin to look a lot like Christmas in Gravesend this week, as the town prepares to turn on its festive lights.

Hundreds of school children will lead a lantern parade through the town centre, whilst street entertainers will also be performing.

Gurvinder Sandher, artistic director or organiser’s Cohesion Plus, says the event “will be an excellent showcase of how the arts can bring communities together regardless of faith and background.”

Celebrations will kick off at 3.45pm, when entertainment from mime artists, samba groups and drumming Santas will line the streets.

Then, at 4.30pm, a parade of 500 pupils from 10 Gravesham schools will set off from Community Square, where mayor of Gravesham Harold Craske will turn on the town centre’s Christmas tree lights.

The parade will then head via Windmill Street to New Road, through St George’s Shopping Centre arriving at Gravesend Borough Market.

Mr Sandher: “We are really looking forward to the Christmas Parade and Light switch on this Friday.

“This will launch the Christmas celebrations in the borough and we hope the local community will come out to support us on Friday.

“A lot of hard work has taken place in the build-up and we believe it will be an excellent showcase of how the arts can bring communities together to celebrate all that binds us together in the town regardless of faith and background.”

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