Sunday will see the Christmas Lights in Beverley turned on as organisers of the event look to get back to the back to real meaning of Christmas.
This year the Christmas Lights Switch is telling the story of the nativity and will include a parade with a real donkey, that will take Mary to Flemnigate.
While the event may have been trimmed down, the town is set to look even brighter this summer following the investment in new lights.
Pru Blake, from the The Beverley Christmas Lights Appeal, who fund raise all year round to light up Beverley said;
“Beverley Christmas Lights appeal Group have spent several thousand pounds this year on new lights throughout the town.
“New lights will be put up in Saturday Market, on Toll Gavel and around County Hall. Other lights can be seen on the trees at the junction of Railway Street and New Walkergate.”
“The proceedings start at the Market Cross at 4PM with Beverley Lions service prior to the tree being switched on on the Market Cross.
“Following this the Mayor of Beverley, Cllr Robert Begnett will present prizes to the winners of the childrens’ competition and and then Beverley CLB will lead a Nativity through the town.”
“The Virgin Mary will be led on a donkey with Joseph by her side and school children from Keldmarsh Primary School and St John’s RC Primary School will sing Carols. Children and adults will also take on the parts of Angels and Shepherds.”
“As the procession goes through the town the cone trees at the junction of Toll Gavel and Cross Street, Angel Square and Wednesday Market will be switched on.”
“It will end at the Flemingate Centre where there will be a stable complete with sheep and school choir.”
The Christmas lights will be switched on in Beverley this Sunday, 27th November.
Councillor Tom Astell, Chair of the Christmas Lights Committee on Beverley Town Council, came up with the idea said;
“I wanted to bring something different to the light’s switch-on. I didn’t want it to be just another event in the town, it needed to be different and I hope that the residents will embrace the new concept and help us turn on the lights this year.”
“Everyone’s invited, but we just want everyone to bring some kind of light, whether that be a glow-in-the-dark band, a torch or a phone light, this will help create a beautiful Switch-on event that engages with the whole community.”
4.00pm Market Cross service
4.35pm Lighting at Saturday Market
4.50pm Wilko’s corner lighting of tree
5.10pm Angel Square lighting of tree
5.25pm Wednesday Market lighting of tree
5.35pm Flemingate with school choir