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Gravesend and Dartford get ready for Christmas sparkle with light switch on parades

PUBLISHED: 14:02 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:02 15 November 2016

Gravesend and Dartford lights switch on

Gravesend and Dartford lights switch on

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Entertainment from panto stars and school children will take place

An evening of entertainment is on the cards as Gravesham prepares for its annual Christmas Lights Switch On, on November 18.

Come down to the town centre from 4pm as crowds can expect street entertainers including Christmas Mime Elves, Santa and his helpers on stilts, Bloco Fogo Samba, and Crocodile Christmas Brass Band.

At 5pm there will then be a parade organised in partnership by Cohesion Plus and Gravesham Borough Council through the town before the lights are switched on. This will feature 10 local schools and some 500 children along with the bands and performers. The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Greta Goatley will accompany a fire bird at the front of the parade. The parade will set off from St George’s Centre and travel through New Road, up Windmill Street and onto Community Square.

From 5.30pm at Community Square the lights will officially be switched on by the Mayor and there will be half an hour of entertainment. This will include a Jack and the Beanstalk panto stage area, where the cast of this year’s show will amuse crowds.

Dartford town centre’s getting ready to sparkle and shine at this year’s Big Christmas Switch On which takes place on November 19.

Joe Pasquale will be joined on stage by The Gruffalo, The Wedding Singer and Orchard Theatre pantomime stars from 2pm, as the countdown to switching on Dartford’s Christmas lights begins. There will also be performances from Chris Till, DAODS and The Little Mix Experience.

The performers will be joined on stage by the Mayor of Dartford Councillor John Burrell, Father Christmas and our colouring competition winner to switch on the lights at 5.20pm.

In addition to the acts and entertainment on stage in the High Street, there will be family entertainment and giveaways around the town centre.

Councillor Patsy Thurlow, cabinet member for events said, “We’re looking forward to another spectacular Big Christmas Switch On this year and hope you can join us in the High Street for an afternoon of festive fun. It’s a great start to the festive season and every year the town and all our visitors look great covered in paper snow. It takes ages to clear up but who cares? It’s Christmas.”

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