The news that Russell Brand will be switching on this year's Christmas lights in Marlow has received a mixed reaction - with one resident saying his family will be avoiding the event for the first time in 11 years. 

It was officially confirmed last week that the comedian will be this year’s celebrity guest at the popular annual light-switch on, which will take place on Thursday, November 23. 

While some people praised the news, others have criticised the choice. 

Alasdair Gibb wrote to the Bucks Free Press to say he would not be attending this year, adding that he was "disgusted" at the choice. 

He said: "Marlow Town Council must have suffered a collective memory failure when choosing 'A-list comedian' Russell Brand as this year's celebrity guest.

"With self-confessed addictions to drugs and sex, he's hardly a role model for the young.

"The big switch-on? The biggest switch-off, more like."

Dill Gray commented: “Thank God I don’t live in Marlow - I would think with him switching the lights on would be enough to cancel Christmas. Sorry but I really can not stand him at any price.”

Meanwhile, other residents were delighted with the revelation. 

Clare McCorkell said: “Fantastic choice - yes he had a bad past but he is proof you can turn your life around,” while Rebecca Frances added: "So exciting, can't wait." 

Catherine Mallinson said: "Brilliant, looking forward to it." 

The event starts at 6pm, with the High Street closed to traffic between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.