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Festive cheer comes early with switch-on of Christmas lights
The festive season will kick off in style in Tamworth, Staffordshire, at the end of this month as the town prepares for the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On and an afternoon of entertainment for the whole family. Following the gloom associated with the coronavirus pandemic, Tamworth Borough Council is delighted to be able to spread some Christmas cheer with the switch-on event taking place on Saturday, November 28. The festive entertainment will take place in St Editha's Square from 3pm onwards, with a number of market stalls throughout Market Street and George Street with Christmas gifts, food and drinks such as mince pies and mulled wine for people to enjoy. The big switch-on will then take place at 5pm to the accompaniment of live music and entertainment from special guests, The D-Day Darlings and Riverside Rock School, in St Editha's Square. New for this year, nearby Tamworth Castle will be lit up with an animated We are Angels projection at 5.30pm featuring children's Christmas themed artwork. There will also be a showing of the festive animated movie The Snowman projected on the outside of the castle at 6pm.

Tamworth Christmas Lights
Get ready for the Christmas lights switch-on in Tamworth

While in Tamworth, people are encouraged to look out for this year's We are Angels project by local arts group New Urban Era, who are supported by Arts Council England and local grants. Shoppers and visitors are invited to discover the angel wing artwork designed by various local groups and schools and stand in between each wing design, take a selfie and share on social media. The hope is to fill social media with Christmas cheer and angels by tagging in @TamworthArtsandEvents and @NewurbanEra. New Urban Era founder Vic Brown said: "We're really pleased to be a part of the Christmas festivities once again. We started the project last year and it went down great with everyone getting involved and collaborating to do something special for the town. It's also an opportunity for people to flex their creativity and imagination by creating a fantastic piece of work that will be presented to the public."

Tamworth Borough Council deputy leader Councillor Robert Pritchard said: "Christmas in Tamworth is special because of the amazing local community we have. It's been a difficult year once again with the pandemic, so we're really excited to bring some festive cheer to the people of Tamworth with this family event. This is an incredibly popular event in our calendar of free entertainment for residents and visitors and it's a lovely festive day out. We're delighted that the D-Day Darlings and Rock School, along with other local groups, will be there to help us start the Christmas season in style." The D-Day Darlings will also be performing at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Sunday, December 19.
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Why? Christmas starts here with fun-filled lights switch-on
When: November 28
Phone: 01827709618
Where: St Editha's Square, St Editha's Close, Tamworth B79 7DA
Cost: Free
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