Hinckley lights switch-on and Tin Hat Fair

Hinckley's Christmas lights switch-on event is to be held on Friday November 22 from 4pm with the illuminations to be turned on at 6.30pm by the family of Isla Tansey and the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth.

The switch-on will be followed at 7pm by a firework display above St Mary's Church, sponsored by the Borough Council and the Showman's Guild.

A full programme of entertainment will be staged in the Market Place, with stage production and sound provided by Fosse 107.

Performances will feature pupils from St Mary's School, Olivia Bevington, Hinckley Choral Union, Steve Faulkner, The Drama Academy and Hastings High school, with the Concordia Theatre pantomime cast staging a preview of this year's festive offering.

Representatives of Hinckley Ex-Servicemen's Association and the Royal British Legion will take part in the event at 6pm.

Town centre shops will be open, a festive market will be held and Santa will be in a grotto at the top of Castle Street.

There will be a free Christmas crafts-to-take-home workshop for children in the United Reformed Church in The Borough, where families are invited to drop in between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

The lights switch-on will coincide with the annual Tin Hat Fair in Regent Street, which will be in operation from 4pm until 10.30pm on Friday and from 11am to 9pm on Saturday.

Road closures will be in force and full information will be available on the Borough Council website.

Borough Council leader Cllr Stuart Bray said: "The Christmas lights switch on is one of the most popular events of the year and we look forward to another great night.

"In response to feedback, we've moved the firework display to 7pm this year to give people plenty of time to move around and get a great view of the fireworks.

"I hope as many people as possible come along and have a happy and safe time during what promises to be an unforgettable evening."

He added: "For those wanting to bring elderly and less mobile residents to view the lights I would recommend our drive through on Wednesday 4 December.

"Seeing the lights without all of the crowds is great, but the night is not complete without a warm drink, mince pie and music at the United Reformed Church. This is a great event and I hope as many people as possible will come along to enjoy it."

There will be limited access to Argents Mead from 6.30pm-7.30pm to accommodate the fireworks.

Hinckley Leisure Centre will be open as usual, with access available from St Mary's Road/Leisure Centre car park side only between 6.30pm-7.30pm.

Hinckley Christmas lights tour

The annual Hinckley's Christmas lights tour for senior citizens and people with disabilities will be held on Wednesday 4 December.

Castle Street will be open to traffic from 6pm to 7pm to allow the general public to drive down with their elderly or disabled family and friends, allowing them to view the lights.

There will be festive music and mince pies in the United Reformed Church in The Borough and cars will be able to park on Regent Street.

For more information contact Cat Stilling, events coordinator, on 01455 255893.

Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:22 by Parish Council

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