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Big Christmas lights switch on attracts record breaking crowds to Gainsborough

Big Christmas lights switch on attracts record breaking crowds to Gainsborough
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Big Christmas lights switch on attracts record breaking crowds to Gainsborough

20 November 2017

Gainsborough attracted a record breaking 12,000 people to this year’s big Christmas Lights Switch On which took place on Friday (November 17th).

Entertainment began as soon as the children finished school for the day with performances taking place on two stages - one in the Market Place and the other at Marshall’s Yard - all building up to two big switch on’s.

Lincs FM’s Gav Roberts did a fantastic job of building up to the town being lit up for Christmas -  first in the town centre at 6pm and then at 7pm at Marshall’s Yard.

The two venues were linked by a traditional Christmas market with high quality stalls selling food, crafts, jewellery and other Christmas gift ideas.

The town centre lights were switched on by Santa, Dick Whittington cast members from the Gainsborough Music and Theatre Society and at Marshall’s Yard competition winner 11 year old Brooke McKenna who launched this year’s festive display in recognition for all her hard work fundraising over the last 18months.

Brooke’s mum wrote in and told Marshall’s Yard how her daughter has worked tirelessly to raise a staggering £11,000 for local non-profit charity, Team Verrico.

Brooke loves Christmas and last year used this passion to organise her very own Christmas Fayre complete with carol singers, Disney Frozen characters and even snow! This event raised over £1,500 alone and she is not stopping anytime soon as she is hoping to raise an incredible £20,000 by the end of 2018.

Alongside Brooke, Richard Kane the chairman of Gainsborough Trinity, and the towns Citizen of the Year switched on the lights in the town centre with the help of his two grandsons.

Richard was nominated for the Citizen of the Year title for his tireless work in helping to make  Gainsborough a better place – he was recognised for the contribution he has made to the local community though the football club and the funds raised for the Trinity Foundation.

Local dignitaries from West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough Town Council also joined the stage for the switch on and provide vital funding for the events to take place throughout the town.

Live music was provided by top quality tribute acts in both venues with Ariana Grande entertaining the crowds in the town centre and a Beyoncé tribute getting everyone into the festive spirit in the Yard performing just before the count down and the spectacular eight minute firework display.

Traditional festive music was provided by The Salvation Army Brass Band and kicked off with a beautiful performance by over 90 pupils from Castle Wood Academy.

The Torn once again performed at the Marshall's Yard stage along with other local talented artists Leanne Paige, Phoebe Walker and Acoustic State.

A beautiful Ice Queen on stilts mixed with the crowds and two Transformers also made an appearance.
Free horse and carriage rides with Disney Princess Belle, free face painting also ran throughout the night as well as fairground rides.

The team at Marshall’s Yard has worked for the last four years to deliver a quality event, hosting two stages on behalf of the town. The management at Marshall’s Yard work with Gainsborough Town Council to coordinate Christmas lighting across the town – which this year saw an extension with the Town Council funding additional Christmas lights down Trinity Street.

Centre Manager at Marshall’s Yard Alison Shipperbottom said: “This is now our fourth year of running the Christmas lights switch on event across two venues and this year's turnout was spectacular!

"Despite the cold weather there were record breaking crowds and we know this event is attracting more and more people from out of town as it grows in popularity and reputation.

"The response from visitors on the night and after the event on social media has been really positive and we think we got it right this year with the timings.

"It really is fantastic what can be achieved when everyone works together."

Gainsborough's Mayor, Cllr Sally Loates, said "The best way to start Christmas is definitely with a visit to Gainsborough - the town is certainly on the map now for Christmas celebrations. The support for this event just keeps growing year on year which is fantastic to see."

The team at Marshall’s Yard are now preparing for the Coca Cola Truck Tour which will be at the centre on Thursday 23rd November from 11am until 7pm.

For further information, contact:-

Alison Shipperbottom
Centre Manager, Marshall's Yard
Tel: 01427 810706


Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644