Preparations underway for sparkling event

Preparations underway for sparkling event

Preparations underway for sparkling event

The final preparations are underway for Carlisle’s Christmas Lights Switch-On event on Sunday 19 November.

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A galaxy of thousands of sparkling lights is in the process of being installed within the city centre. The new decorations will be concentrated around the Scotch Street, English Street, Castle Street, Fisher Street and Greenmarket areas of the city centre.

The sparkling spectacular will be held between 3pm and 5.30pm outside the Old Town Hall.

The one and only Chesney Hawkes will headline this year’s Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch-On and the packed programme will also include a guest appearance by Carlisle United Manager Paul Simpson.

The line-up also includes saxophonist Vicki Watson, and the event will be hosted by family-favourite Robbie Dee.

The Christmas Lights Switch-On event will also be a showcase of local community groups and performers including Castle Carrock Primary School, Studio A Dance Company, Committed2Rock Community Choir and Newtown Primary School.

The star-studded Christmas Lights Switch-On is organised by Cumberland Council and will provide a packed family entertainment programme, to suit all ages.

The switch-on, with the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Abdul Harid and Chair of Cumberland Council, Cllr Carni McCarron-Holmes, will take place at 5pm.

Councillor Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Vibrant and Healthy Places, said:

“The countdown is now underway for the Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch-On. It’s set to be another great community event and one not to be missed.”

Other events planned in the Cumberland area include Christmas events in Carlisle, Cockermouth, Whitehaven and Keswick.

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