By Carl Jackson Thursday 29 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 22:48
CROWDS failed to let heavy rain dampen their festive spirits as they turned out in their droves to countdown the annual switch on of the Christmas lights in Rubery.
More than 100 people turned out for the event which took place on Saturday (November 24) on New Road.
Friends and families were rewarded with talented performances from former X-factor singer Carrie-Anne, as well as Chloe Barry and Jasmine Rawlings.
A Rock choir and St James School choir also took to the stage in the rain to keep smiles on faces while Santa and his faithful companions, the snowman and a reindeer, entertained youngsters looking on.
Then at 5.30pm, twins Haydn and Harrison Plunkett, and little sister Jessica, joined Bromsgrove civic head, Coun Janice Boswell, to down the plunger and switch on the Christmas lights for another year on Rubery High Street.
Tony Maslen, who arranged the entertainment, said: “It was a brilliant turn-out - the people of Rubery braved the atrocious weather to witness a spectacular event.”
Coun Boswell said: “I thought it was absolutely brilliant considering the weather.
“The entertainment was really good as well.
“It was nice to launch the festivities in Rubery.”
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