Big crowds to greet in Christmas at Epsom Lights Switch On #Epsomlights2012
23rd November 2012
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Despite the windy weather – a large crowd turned out to watch the Epsom Lights Switch on yesterday.

Santa’s Grotto was very popular and there was a lovely jovial Santa to welcome the children.

Lots of different foods to try – Snacks – Thai Street food – hot dogs – sparkling cup cakes, as well as Candy Floss. Hot mulled wine – and my favourite hot mulled cider.

The rink was busy – but not too many tumbles..

The Hobbledown characters were everywhere – dancing the night away despite the cold. Professor Topperpot even had a go at skating – badly!!

Some of the cast from The Night Before Christmas (Mousie, Fairy and Techno) dropped by and later gave us a delightful song about a Mousie’s Christmas.

Children enjoying themselves on the rides – and lots of sparkling flashing Christmas wands.

The Artful Doodler wandered round creating brilliant caricatures of many visitors. his attendance sponsored by The Personal Agent.

The Sunnybank Trust had a marquee – which was busy all night – with their inventive face painting.

Members of The Epsom & Ewell Silver Band – entertained us with seasonal carols, Jenny Green performed festive song and old favourites in her unique style.  Epsom Rock Choir and Broken Switch from Realistic Rock also performed so there was music for all ages and tastes.

The Mayor of Epsom (Christine Long) and Natasha Grace, winner of the children’s art competition, tackled the PLUNGER. A special device to needed to ensure both the Clock Tower and the Tree could be switched on together – and kindly sponsored by KT Partnership.

The Plunger worked and The Tower and The Christmas Tree were successfully lit ready for the festive season.

The proceeds from Santa’s Grotto – sponsored by us – thebestofepsomandewell, will all go to MERU – the local charity which makes specialised equipment for children with disabilities.

The final picture is of Emily Harbrecht – the hard work of Emily and the team at Epsom & Ewell Council have made this all possible.

I admit – I am not the greatest photographer – so if you have any pictures you’d like us to show – please send them in and we will put them on the website.

 Just  email thebestofepsomandewell.

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