As Malvern Christmas Lights Are Switched On
fell, children smiled, sleigh bells rang and even
the rain couldn't dampen the Christmas spirit of
the crowds who filled the streets of Malvern this
Tonight, Friday, November
30, was the Great Malvern Christmas lights switch
on and although the snow wasn't real there was a
real festive feel on the streets as the
artificial flakes began to flutter down.
Children held their hands
out to catch the snow, which carpeted Bellevue
Island in white, as panto star Su Pollard greeted
the crowds with her character Peggy's old catch
phrase "Hi De Hi".
Crowds lined Church Street
to watch as Su Pollard in a sleigh pulled by
reindeer and followed by dozens of children with
glowing paper lanterns paraded through the town
to Bellevue Island.
A thousand paper lanterns
had been made by local school children this week
specially for the parade and Malvern Sea Cadets
carried three enormous glowing paper stars.
Actress and comedian Su
Pollard was popular with the crowds chatting and
waving to the children and reminding them to be
good Su, who is playing the Wicked Queen in Snow
White at Malvern Theatres this Christmas, said
she was looking forward to seeing all the
children at the panto.
"It's one of the few
times you get to go to the theatre and really
join in and make a lot of noise, you'll love
it," she told the children before switching
on the lights.
The Christmas lights
switch on was combined with a late night shopping
evening, a craft market, Christmas carols and
street entertainers and children could visit
Father Christmas and write Christmas wishes on
tags which were attached to coloured balloons and
released during the evening.
Malvern Chase Brass Band
played favourite carols outside the Lyttelton
Well, children from the Downs School choir sang
in the open air while the snowflakes fell. More
local school choirs sang in a packed Malvern
Chairman of Malvern Town
Council Mike Selby said the Christmas event had
been just what the council and traders had
"The town has been
full of families enjoying themselves. Everything
has gone really well. It's been a wonderful
Christmas event for the town," he said.
The festivities continue
tomorrow with fireworks in Priory Park.