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Countdown to Tonbridge Christmas festival begins

PUBLISHED: 12:20 14 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:20 20 February 2013

Countdown to Tonbridge Christmas festival begins

Countdown to Tonbridge Christmas festival begins

Tonbridge Christmas Festival is just a few days away and, with the panto stars waiting in the wings for the big light switch-on - 25 November - plus a host of musical entertainment lined up, this year's festival is set to be a big success!

Countdown to Tonbridge Christmas festival begins!


The festivities start early again this year with a Family Fun Fair in Sovereign Wayon 23, 24 and 25 November. The Fun Fair will have something for everyone including traditional childrens rides, side shows, arcades, toffee apples and candy floss all guaranteed to bring the town to life with laughter, screams and smiles all round.


The Fun Fair will be open on Friday 23 November from 6pm to 10pm, and again on Saturday 24 November from 12noon to 10pm and on Sunday 25 November from 12noon to 8pm.


On Sunday 25 November, the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Dave Davis, will be joined by stars from the Assembly Hall Theatre pantomime (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Janine Duvitski (ITVs Benidorm)) to start the Christmas lights switch on and music celebrations.


Building on the success of last years festival, there will again be three hours of musical entertainment on a stage near the big bridge in Watergate area of the High Street. The fun will begin at 2pm with carol singing followed by music from the 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band.


At 3pm the on-stage musical entertainment begins featuring Simply Take That; the ultimate Take That Tribute Band and at 4.45pm the Mayor will take to the stage with the panto stars to switch on the towns Christmas lights.


After the light switch on, the musical celebrations will continue and there will be a spectacular firework finale over Tonbridge Castle at 6pm.


A carol service with refreshments will also take place at St Peter & St Paul Church, Tonbridge at 6.30pm.


Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Dave Davis, says: Im really looking forward to this years festival and I hope people will join me and the panto stars for a great afternoon of musical entertainment and fun on 25 November.


The festival is organised once again this year by Tonbridge Round Table with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Tonbridge Lions Club.


David Murray, Chair of the Festival Committee, says: I am really looking forward to what I am sure will be another great festival. I must say a huge thank you to our two sponsors for their continued support; The Medway School of Dancing and Parker Building Supplies.


Without their extremely generous support we wouldnt have been able to organise this much loved community event again this year.



For more information on the Christmas Festival, email leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 876166.


NB: The light display this year will be centred round the Castle and Watergate area of the town, with the pole-mounted lights along the river on the south side along River Walk and on the north side below the South Curtain Wall.


In previous years these pole-mounted lights have been affixed to lamp post columns along the High Street from the Humphrey Bean to the junction with Pembury Road.Kent County Council (KCC) has regretfully advised the Borough Council that these lamp post columns did not pass a recent safety test that KCC carried out.


Mindful of the disappointment that this would cause, the Borough Council has now made alternative arrangements for the display of these lights on columns along River Walk, where the reflection of the lights on the river will create a visually pleasing focal effect, which, together with the Christmas tree and the Silver Birch trees in the Watergate area, all of which will be lit.


The lamp post columns along the north end of the High Street, from the Big Bridge to the Bordyke, as well as those along River Walk, are of a different construction and not affected by KCCs safety advice.


The six transverse crossings along the central stretch of the High Street from The Humphrey Bean to Avebury Avenue and the two transverse crossings on the north stretch of the High Street from the Big Bridge to the Rose & Crown are not affected by KCCs safety advice.

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