Christmas in Broadstone is again heralded in with the Christmas lights switch–on and the Christmas Parade.
The trees and lights will be installed ready for the big switch-on that will take place at 6.15 pm on Tuesday 1 December outside Budgens in The Broadway.
The trees, decorations and lights are funded and organised by the businesses themselves and this year, a major sponsor is Scott Symes Wealth Management.
The switch-on will be accompanied by the Broadstone Choir with refreshments provided by local traders.
The parade is the following Saturday 5 December and starts with a Christmas Market at 10.30am before (and after) the main event that starts at 1.25pm.
Broadstones Christmas planning starts with a poster competition in the local schools and this year’s winner is five-year-old Kumiko from Broadstone First School. Kumiko’s artwork will feature on the cover of the Christmas programme and on posters.
The parade commences in Story Lane and follows a clockwise route that takes in The Broadway where most spectators watch. There will be a bucket collection with proceeds donated to the young and old of Broadstone. This year Hillbourne School and Broadstone Age Concern Day Centre will be the benefactors.
In the week before the event there will be a window competition challenging visitors to locate letters in eight shop windows and a prize worth £50 donated by Forum Jewellers.
Also this year there will be a special £100 Christmas Cash Prize Draw and the winner will be picked at the light switch-on. The prize is part of the Scott Symes Wealth Management sponsorship and all you need to do to enter is visit Broadstone Village Website or Facebook page during November. It is hoped that the winner will be available to collect their Christmas Bonus on Parade Day.
Broadstone remains a shopping centre that offers choice and somewhere shoppers can buy much of what is needed.
Simon Merry representing the business community welcomes all to Christmas in Broadstone “There are two butchers, two bakers and two greengrocers as well as a choice of pubs, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and sweet shops. It also continues to be the only high street in the conurbation with free street Wi-Fi. We look forward to seeing you and please follow Facebook to keep up to date.”
This post was edited on 22 October 2015