Christmas arrived in Marlborough last night, Friday November 22. Crowds gathered and cheered as James Thomas, from BBC Wiltshire radio’s afternoon show led the countdown to the moment when Genevieve and Ted, accompanied by Grandad Mayor Mervyn Hall pressed the plunger on top of the big red box and Marlborough’s Christmas lights burst into life.
The entire High Street was instantly illuminated with sparkling jewels of light with the Town Hall and Christmas trees at its centre twinkling and winking. Crowds mingled to enjoy festive atmosphere visiting the stalls selling gifts and enjoying the hot drinks and food on offer. Bavarian bratwursts were selling like hot dogs! A pair of extremely large furry squirrels delighted parents and children alike.
In the Town Hall the Rotary elves were busy keeping the queues for Santa’s Grotto entertained and were selling a vast array of cakes. The Santa sleigh, organised by the Lions was just outside and followed the Mayor as he walked to the stage, accompanied by Mace Bearer’s Bob and Barry and Town Crier, Mike Tupman.
Festive entertainment was provided throughout the evening on the Christmas stage. St John’s Academy Band, Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama, Marlborough Community Choir and The Bluebelles all performed. Later, two of Marlborough’s popular and up-and-coming bands – Barrelhouse Blues Band and The Wilding Band kept the crowds happy.
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