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Rubery Christmas lights are switched on

By Tristan Harris Thursday 05 December 2013 Updated: 09/12 10:13

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RUBERY residents and visitors gathered in the village on Saturday afternoon and evening (November 30) for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

As well as appearances from Father Christmas, a snowman and a reindeer, there was live music performed by several acts, including Laura Shaw, Dylan Hartnell, Chloe Barry and Jasmine Rawlins.

Then, at 5.30pm, there was the big countdown - Bromsgrove District Council civic head Coun Helen Jones, Bromsgrove town crier Kevin Ward and Father Christmas were joined by three lucky local youngsters and the plunger was pushed down, illuminating Rubery for the festive season.

The event was organised by the district council and followed on from Bromsgrove’s switch-on the Saturday before.

The Primrose Hospice’s lights of love tree, which is opposite the charity’s shop in the village, was also lit up.

That gives residents the chance to remember a loved one by dedicating a light on the tree.

The lights of love in Bromsgrove and the tree of lights in Redditch has so far made £19,781.09 for the charity.

Tony Maslen, who put together the on-stage entertainment, said: “We had a great turn-out and the seasonal songs really got Rubery into the Christmas spirit.

“Thanks to everyone who performed on the day and everyone who came along and supported the event.”

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