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Street full of festive fun – right on time

Frozen’s princesses are a big draw for town families

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FUN: The Herne Bay Christmas Light switch on

SNOW, a Michael Buble tribute and songs from Frozen were just some of the highlights of the big light switch-on in Herne Bay on Friday. Around 1000 people attended the street party which had music and Reg E Mental children’s comic entertaining from a specially constructed stage. Families enjoyed a sing-a-long with Disney’s Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa and Olaf the snowman. During the party, 200 Frozen advent calendars were handed out to children who were given free vouchers from Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Many of the children had their photos taken with the princesses.

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SWITCH ON: Connor Olsen, and his dad Wayne, turn on the lights

The lights were switched on by five-year-old Connor Olsen, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare version of Muscular Dystrophy. He was accompanied by a giant Mmion who was helped onto the stage by Miss Herne Bay and one of her princesses. Connor was also supported by Herne Bay Youth FC’s Under-16s football team who have this year chosen to support his charity and who manned many of the costumes on the day. Theatre craft entertained and the ugly sisters advertised their upcoming pantomime, Cinderella, being performed at the Kings Hall. Youngsters also met Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig, Spongebob, Dora the Explorer, Postman Pat, Iggle Piggle, giant Minions and other characters provided by David and Rose Sleet and their family and friends and also the BayPromo Team. Mother Christmas made balloon animals and local author Faye Beerling – who wrote Tales from the Clock Tower — signed her books and Herne Bay Carnival Court attended. Traders stayed open late and handed out mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. Herne Bay Town Partner Gideon Scott, one of the event organisers said:

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ROYAL: Carnival Court, Mollie King, Aurora Summers and Alice Upton

“Again, Herne Bay showed its very strong community spirit and what we can do when the local voluntary groups get together to organise an event for the townspeople. There was a lovely carnival atmosphere and many braved the cold to join us in kicking off the Christmas season here in Herne Bay. We must recognise the generosity of our friends in the local business community who volunteered their time and donated goods and service free of charge. A huge thanks goes to Owen Electrical Contracts Limited who tested and repaired and erected the lights and also supplied the lights for the Christmas tree. Owens were assisted by PG Platforms who provided specialist hoist vehicles for the task. Richard Owen and his staff oversaw the actual switch on and all the lights came on bang on cue when Connor pressed the plunger. The tree was put in place by James Woodward of The Wood- warden Limited and the decorative fencing was supplied by Quinney’s Fencing.”

Thanks also to Chris West, Business Development Manager at Canterbury City Council who compered the show and also the Council’s John Hawkins and his events team who supplied all the necessary permits and licences. Upstaged Limited supplied the stage, PA and lighting.

Herne Bay Times, December 10th 2014

SMOOTH: Michael Buble imprntor Michael Atherton
SMOOTH: Michael Buble impesonator Michael Atherton

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