Thousands of people attended the turning on of the festive lights with lots of attractions, stalls and festivities. Local celebrity, Diana Beard from BBC’s “The Great British Bake Off”, turned on the lights in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Town Centre Manager Zoe Dean said: “Although the event was chiefly organised by the Town Council, there are a lot of people I would like to thank who contributed their time, their expertise and their funds in order to make the lights switch on an event to remember.
“Thanks must go to Diana Beard for switching on the lights, the Lantern Parade organisers Sarah Vaughan and Clare Bellingham, Steve Chapman and Alun Hughes for the “Frozen” sleigh, Prism Lighting, Jason Wainwright, Andy Hall, Simon Lyon, Whitchurch Chamber of Trade, Shropshire Council, Whitchurch Rotary Club, Henshall’s Supplies, Angela at Veolia Recycling, Petrina Robinson, Rona Hayward, Beacon Church and Whitchurch Fairtrade Group, along with everyone at the Masonic Rooms, the hardworking facilities staff at the Civic Centre and all of the volunteers – the event couldn’t have taken place without you.”
Mayor Cllr Rob Hewson said: “It was an excellent evening – it is the first time Whitchurch Town Council has taken the lead in this event, and I would like to thank everyone who contributed, especially all the volunteers.
“It was such a proud day for me as Mayor, to see thousands of people showing support for our initiative was fantastic – there was a great atmosphere in the town.”