Advert for the Ferndown Christmas Light Switch-onThe Christmas festive spirit arrives in Ferndown on 30 November

The lights switch-on, organised by Ferndown Chamber of Commerce, will take place in Victoria Road with Radio Solent ‘Drive Time’ presenter Steve Harris doing the honours alongside the town mayor or his representative and Dawn Egging from the Jon Egging Trust.*

There will be a fabulous new ceiling of lights provided by Ferndown Town Council in Penny’s Walk, so do join the crowds to witness them coming on for the first time.

The switch-on is at 5pm on 30 November, but the fun begins earlier. From 3pm there will be community and charity stalls to visit, activities and entertainment around the clock tower including carols with the winners of this year’s Voice of Ferndown talent competition.

After the lighting up ceremony, live entertainment will continue in the Stone Lounge from 5.30pm with West End performer Richard Sidaway, plus a free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

The following week on 7 December, 10am-3pm, sees the Hollyberry Fayre at the Barrington Centre. Gifts-a-plenty with many stalls and events on stage to please the crowds. 50p entrance, children under 14 free.

The events on stage start at 10.20am when the Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr John Lewis presents prizes to the poster competition winners from Ferndown Upper School. This is followed by a number of live performances until 1.30pm. Meanwhile there are Zumba demonstrations and Samba Panache outside.

*The Jon Egging Trust was set up in honour of Flt Lt Jon Egging, who sadly lost his life on 20 August 2011 after completing an air display in Bournemouth with the world-famous Red Arrows’ team. The planes were returning to base when the tragedy happened. Dawn is Jon’s mother.

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