If you missed the Christmas lights switch-on, you missed a musical treat
Perhaps it was the lack of a chart-topping indie-pop band filming their Christmas video, or maybe it was the rain – heavy at times, always cold.
Maybe November 18 is just a bit early for people to start feeling Christmassy, or perhaps the lure of Pudsey Bear on the telly was just too great.
Whatever the reason, the crowds at this year’s switching on of the Christmas lights were a little thin. Which was a shame, because the entertainment – all of it local – was top-notch.
The Marlborough Community Choir got everyone feeling festive with an upbeat set, before 82 children from the Marlborough and Pewsey Cluster Choir made eyes a little bit dewey with their rendition of Christmas songs classic and modern.
And as the last notes were sung – and mums and dads finished filming, popped their mobile phones back in their pockets and rushed to the shelter of Waitrose – Santa’s sleigh, led by members of Marlborough Lions, carried the mayor and Father Christmas in procession up and down High Street, around the tented market which was – as promised – larger this year than last.
Town Crier Mike Tupman proved himself quite the entertainer in introducing mayor Noel Barrett-Morton, who in turn introduced the crowd to the Citizen of the Year, Anne Crowley of Marlborough in Bloom. She accepted the honour on behalf of her entire committee.
It was fitting that the chairman of the organisation that brought so much summer colour to the town centre should be asked to join the mayor in pushing the plunger, bathing the town in its traditional festive glow.
Throughout the night, the Rotary Club played host to Santa, who welcomed children to his magical grotto, surrounded by Christmas trees.
And as tired children and wet parents made their way back to their cars, Marlborough Rock Choir performed a rousing set to send them on their way.
- Further musical entertainment was provided by St John's Band, Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama, and Phoenix Brass Band. Sorry we couldn't catch your performances – you're certainly worthy of a mention.
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