Super Trooper for Christmas Lights in Stafford

The event is shaping up to be a family themed affair with a popular ABBA tribute act performing before the switching on of the lights, and again after the spectacular firework display.

The borough council has previously asked the community to choose a special person to flick the switch, with inspirational youngster, Orla Fielder, doing the honours last year. In previous years, other local ?heroes? have included Olympic Torchbearers, charity fundraiser, Ray Edensor, and brave police officer, the late David Rathband.

And with 2014 marking 100 years since the start of World War 1, the council wants a local serviceman or woman to be their special guest this year. The person can be a former member of the military service or someone currently serving - and must be available on Saturday 22 November. They will perform the honour alongside Stafford Borough Mayor, Councillor Ray Sutherland

You can send nominations to competition@staffordbc.gov.uk with name address and telephone number of the person you are nominating and, most importantly, the reason why you think the person deserves to turn on the Christmas Lights in Stafford. Or alternatively write to Christmas Lights Switch On Nomination, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Stafford ST16 3AQ. The closing date for nominations is Monday 20 October and remember to include contact details for yourself.

The day?s proceedings will kick off at around 3pm with local five-piece rock and pop covers band, the Cartoon Kings, before the top ABBA tribute act take to the stage to do the first of their sets. The tribute idea followed excellent feedback from families and youngsters at last year?s concert to mark the town?s 1100th birthday when the Magic Of Motown stole the show with a brilliant performance in the town?s Market Square.

The lights will be switched on at 5pm with an amazing firework display from the roof of the Guildhall Shopping Centre immediately after, which organisers say will be their biggest yet. The event will then be closed by a final 45 minute-long set.

Organisers of the day took the opportunity to refresh the Christmas event when a reduction in external funding meant the morning parade could no longer go ahead this year. But Santa will be there on the day in his grotto in the Guildhall Shopping Centre and street theatre is expected to take place in and around the ?Square? in the afternoon for the build up to the big switch on.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: ?There could be no better way to pay tribute to our brave servicemen and women than to have one of their own perform the honour in front of thousands of people of turning on our Christmas lights.

?This is one of the highlights of our events calendar and it is great to see that in Stafford we choose real heroes from within our own community to mark the traditional Christmas countdown.?

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