1st November, 2017
Pictured: The switching of this years Christmas lights promises to be a great family occasion...
And across at Flemingate, the entire centre will be pulling out all the stops to ensure it is an evening to remember.
All eyes will be on the Market Cross for the town’s official switch-on by CBBC Officially Amazing presenter Ben Shires, who will officially flick the switch at exactly 6.25pm, helped by the town’s Mayor, Councillor Ann Willis, and the President of the Beverley Lions.
The build-up begins an hour earlier, at 5.30pm, with music from the band of St Mary’s Beverley Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade, followed at 6pm by the Beverley Lions Christmas Service, conducted by the Rev Diane Finch of Toll Gavel Church and the school choir from Minster Primary School.
Father Christmas will, of course, be in his sleigh and other attractions promised include Beverley FM and the production company behind this year’s panto at the Parkway Cinema.
By then the festivities at Flemingate will be well underway, with Beverley’s Remarkable Rock Choir performing festive rock classics from 6.30pm ahead of the shopping centre’s illuminations being switched-on by triple world-champion Town Crier Michael Wood at 7.15pm, followed immediately afterwards by a stunning fireworks display to light up the night sky.
Father Christmas and his team of elves are returning to Flemingate for a second year in a new purpose-built grotto, which will open at the centre at 4pm to coincide with the big launch night.
Exciting new Nordic tipi bar, Bartipi, will also launch at Flemingate’s Christmas lights event, offering roaring log fires, mulled wine, locally brewed ales and warming hot drinks. Twinkling lights and cosy furs will make this the place to unwind after Christmas shopping.
Flemingate Centre Manager Graham Tait said: “We’ve got a great night lined up to celebrate Flemingate’s Christmas lights switch-on.
“Our retailers are also staying open late so people can have a wander around the shops and there’ll be plenty to eat and drink at our restaurants, too. It’s going to be a great evening for the whole family.”
Mr Tait, who is also a member of Beverley Town Council’s Christmas Lights committee, added: “We worked closely with the Christmas lights committee on the timings of both events. Visitors can watch the Beverley Lions switch-on in Saturday Market and then take a stroll over to Flemingate to see our lights and fireworks.
“We’re really excited about the run-up to Christmas. We have so much planned for all the family, in addition to the great range of high street and independent retailers, offering such fantastic choice for Christmas gift shopping, and our bars and restaurants who’ll all be getting into the festive spirit.”
Two days later, on Saturday November 25th, the popular Christmas Festival of Food and Drink returns to Beverley Minster, with more than 60 local food and drink stalls. There will be activities for children and live music to make the occasion go with a swing.
Father Christmas will be taking time out from his busy schedule to put in an appearance at the festival, from 1pm, and Christmas cooking and flower demonstrations are also promised.