Town gears up for Christmas extravaganza

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The community is coming together and is expected to turn out in force in Bourne tomorrow for a Christmas extravaganza when the lights will be switched on.

In the past there have been a series of separate events but Bourne traders, the town council, schools and churches are holding a joint Christmas event for the first time.

The event will be held in the closed-off North Street and Abbey Road from midday until about 7.30pm, although the funfair will run later. Traders will also extend their opening hours.

The Christmas lights switch-on has been organised by the town council. Mayor Helen Powell will return to North Street in front of the town hall to flick the switch as for the last three years the event has been held outside the Corn Exchange.

Children’s choirs from Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, Bourne Academy and Bourne Abbey Primary Academy will perform a selection of Christmas carols from about 4pm on a stage in front of The Angel Hotel.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at about 4.30pm.

Gordan Cochran, of Gordon’s Photographic in North Street, has organised the stalls and fair.

He said: “I hope everyone turns up and I hope everyone enjoys themselves.

“We want people to just come and have fun.”

Almost every shop is also taking part in the popular prize draw.Customers who spend £5 or more in participating stores will be entered into a draw to win festive hampers worth hundreds of pounds.

Groups will run their own events to coincide with the main celebration. Bourne Methodist Church in Abbey Road will be holding its eighth Christmas Tree Festival.

This year there will be 44 trees on display. The doors will be open tomorrow from 10am to 6.30pm and from midday to 4pm on Sunday and will finish with a Christmas Songs of Praise. All donations will be given to Dementia Care South Lincolnshire who offer support to families in this area.

A Christmas fair will also take place at the Abbey Church Hall tomorrow, from 10am to 1pm.

A fete will also be taking place at Digby Court Care Home in Christopher’s Lane from 2.30pm until 4.30pm with a visit from Santa Claus, stalls selling jewellery, crafts, jigsaws and cakes.