Bournemouth’s Panto Stars have performed the first official Christmas light switch on at Castlepoint Shopping Park. An excited crowd gathered to watch children’s favourite and ‘Blue Peter’ Presenter Barney Harwood was joined by Tiger Lily, TV’s ‘Kushaboom’ host Helena Dowling and Captain Hook in the shape of popular actor and former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant Mark Benton, to officially plunge the switch and illuminate the £30,000 worth of new lighting. Twenty five especially designed 2m high lights on the malls, and a 7m high illuminated stag were lit up the park to the delight of the crowd and late night shoppers.
Peter Matthews, general manager said that a simultaneous switch had never been attempted at Castlepoint before: “It was brilliant to see the park light up with the help of our VIP guests from the Bournemouth Pavilion’s fun panto. As the lighting is on many different loops our electricians did a fantastic job to co-ordinate the event. It worked – oh yes it did!”