Crowds gathered on the 3rd of December 2011 to catch a glimpse of santa and Eastenders Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) as well as take in local entertainment and watch Thame’s lights being turned on.
Paddy Harris, Pastor at Cornerstone was asked to compere the evening to make sure everything went smoothly. “It was great to be asked to take part. Cornerstone is a community-focused church and so it is great to get involved in key events like switching on the lights that went well,” says Paddy.
Get your skates on…
This year’s event promised to be even bigger and better than ever before with an ice rink and also a Ski slope that help to create a winter wonderland theme.
Jean Slater from Eastenders (Gillian Wright), helped to launch festivities in Thame by turning on the town’s Christmas lights. “There was a real buzz in heart of Thame”, says Paddy, “with various stall holders a Childrens’ choir from the local primary schools and the crowd really got behind the event”
Thame Concert Band were also featured alongside the winner of Thame’s Got Talent, Community singing, a Christmas address by Pastor Paddy Harris and, one of the stars of Music in the Park, Elton John tribute band, Ultimate Elton also performed.
The event launched at 6pm with a welcome message from Mayor, David Bretherton’s finished at 7.30 pm.