A High Street in Buckinghamshire will close for three hours during a Christmas lights switch-on this evening.

Christmas is just over a month away and festive light displays are beginning to pop up all over the county, traditionally rung in with celebratory community events and an obligatory local celebrity to flick the switch.

Robert Thorogood, the famed screenwriter behind 'Death in Paradise' and author of 'The Marlow Murder Club' novels, will do the honours in Marlow this evening (November 23) after describing the switch-on event as "one of the best nights of the year" which creates "such a buzz in the town". 

The annual event is a highlight of Marlow's winter calendar, with 'snow' set to fall upon the onlookers lining the High Street from 6pm, and carols, festive music and stilt walkers paving the way for the main switch-on event, scheduled for 6:30pm. 

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Such an elaborate display will unsurprisingly necessitate the closure of the town's High Street to traffic for the duration of the evening, and a road closure will be in place between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

The lights switch-on is being sponsored by a number of local organisations and businesses including but not limited to Softcat, Hayden Art Gallery, Scamp and Dude, The Butchers Tap and Grill, Marlow Round Table and The Compleat Angler. 

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Mayor of Marlow David Brown expressed his "delight" that Robert had agreed to play a role in the event, adding: “The Christmas lights wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many local sponsors, and we’re extremely grateful to them for enabling our fantastic display.”