Switch-on at Terrington St Clement will be a celebration of pandemic spirit
All of the traditional festive attractions are lined up for Terrington St Clement's Christmas tree lights ceremony on Friday.
But the Community Fund team is planning something a little different this year for the switch-on.
Instead of a single celebrity or special guest pressing the button, the organisers want to celebrate the community spirit and teamwork that helped the village through the pandemic.
Chairman, Mark Wilson, said: “Don't worry - Father Christmas, mulled wine and a winter wonderland will still be there, but we want to do something a bit different, too.
“In previous years we have asked someone who, for a variety of reasons has made a difference to life in our village, to perform the ceremonial switching on of the lights.
“In the past 18 months or so, in common with the whole country, our village has experienced a very challenging time due to Covid-19. It is at times such as this that the sense of community comes to the fore, and it should be a matter of pride to us all that this was so well demonstrated in our village.
“Many individuals and groups made enormous efforts to support the more vulnerable in our community during this time, and it would be impossible to recognise all of them.
“However, we have asked a number of individuals who typically demonstrated this community spirit to join us and be our special guests for the switch on.”
The event will take place between 6pm and 8pm and as well as Santa there will carol singing by Terrington Tigers choir, fairground rides for the children, hot food and a winter wonderland.
“We would be delighted to see lots of children, and parents, there,”said Mr Wilson.
He added: “The Terrington community fund would like to thank the parish council committee for supporting an application for partially funding the event and purchasing the Christmas tree for the past two years.