Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Wilmot turns on the lights

Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Gary Wilmot turns on the lights

Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Gary Wilmot turns on the lights

Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Gary Wilmot turns on the lights

Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Gary Wilmot turns on the lights

Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Gary Wilmot turns on the lights

Video: Christmas arrives in Wycombe as Gary Wilmot turns on the lights

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WYCOMBE was bathed in a festive glow as actor Gary Wilmot switched on the town’s Christmas lights on Thursday night.

The West End actor was joined by the stars of the Wycombe Swan’s Snow White panto and Wycombe District Council chiefs on the Frogmoor stage to officially start the countdown to Christmas.

It marked the second time the former Beaconsfield resident, who introduced a performance by the cast of his current Swan show the Radio Times, had kick started the festive fun in Wycombe.

Mr Wilmot said: “I’m a local boy so it’s an honour to be asked back.

“I switched on the lights in Brixton once, and I went to turn them on and someone had nicked the switch!

“But it’s nice to be back. Happy Christmas to everyone in High Wycombe.”

The yuletide festivities began at 6pm with a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-themed lights parade by the district’s schoolchildren.

They marched up to the new second performance stage in the High Street – which featured performances by the Jackie Palmer Stage School throughout the night – to inspire a Disney sing-along with the crowd.

Santa Claus was posing for photos and children were able to feed a trio of reindeer underneath the historic Guildhall.

The parade carried on into Church Street - which was full of Christmassy culinary delights on the new food market - for traditional carols outside All Saints Church.

The parade then moved on to Frogmoor for the main stage entertainment, which included the Songbirds and the Jersey Guys, before the town was lit up by hundreds of fairy lights at 7pm.

It marked the first time the event had been organised by the recently formed High Wycombe BID Company.

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3:33pm Fri 23 Nov 12

sai-diva says...

Great night! Haven't felt such a lovely atmosphere in Wycombe in a very long time, lots of happy smiley people. Well done to all the performers and The BID co.
Great night! Haven't felt such a lovely atmosphere in Wycombe in a very long time, lots of happy smiley people. Well done to all the performers and The BID co. sai-diva
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6:10pm Fri 23 Nov 12

john_b says...

Getting into the Christmas spirit puts everyone in a better mood! :-D
Getting into the Christmas spirit puts everyone in a better mood! :-D john_b
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7:52pm Fri 23 Nov 12

washondo says...

john_b wrote:
Getting into the Christmas spirit puts everyone in a better mood! :-D
Yea ... right.
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Who are The BID Co?
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Are you paying for this advert, or are they paying the electricity bill?
[quote][p][bold]john_b[/bold] wrote: Getting into the Christmas spirit puts everyone in a better mood! :-D[/p][/quote]Yea ... right. ~ Who are The BID Co? ~ Are you paying for this advert, or are they paying the electricity bill? washondo
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11:06pm Fri 23 Nov 12

john_b says...

Scrooge :-P
Scrooge :-P john_b
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6:53am Sat 24 Nov 12

townraider says...

shame all the lights not working -- Half of High Street not lit
shame all the lights not working -- Half of High Street not lit townraider
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1:52pm Sun 25 Nov 12

sai-diva says...

Blame the council for the lack of lights, they've made no investment for years, Hopefully now we've got the BID co.(funded by town centre business) they'll get on to the case and next year will be better.
Why didn't the bfp get behind this event rather than using it, (once again) to do yet another negative report. about the timing of the lights? Most towns turned their lights on last week, no doubt if you'd thought about it you could've had a poll asking ''Why are we so late in turning on our lights''
I really do think that the 'Blogger of evil' really is Mr. Cohen.
Blame the council for the lack of lights, they've made no investment for years, Hopefully now we've got the BID co.(funded by town centre business) they'll get on to the case and next year will be better. Why didn't the bfp get behind this event rather than using it, (once again) to do yet another negative report. about the timing of the lights? Most towns turned their lights on last week, no doubt if you'd thought about it you could've had a poll asking ''Why are we so late in turning on our lights'' I really do think that the 'Blogger of evil' really is Mr. Cohen. sai-diva
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