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Bungee Jumping Santa To Show The Light

Stars of Leamington’s Christmas panto are getting ready to turn on the town’s Christmas lights in a seven-hour marathon of fun this weekend.

Final preparations are under way for singing, dancing and competitions in parade and Warwick Street between the day of activities on Sunday between 10.30am and 6pm.

Mark Rattray and Eve Steele stars of the Royal Spa Centre's 'Dick Whittington will be appearing , with Mark singing live on stage before pressing the button.

Father Christmas is going to bungee jump into view to signal the moment when the illuminations will sparkle into action.

Town Centre Manager Ian Coker said:

"We started planning the event in February so the team is delighted that everything is coming together so well. However we will all breath a huge sigh of relief when it is over.

“We will sit down that evening and over a drink assess the success of this year's event and then start planning for next year."

He said the firms whose financial backing enabled the event to happen will be published to thank them for their efforts.

Mr Coker said:

"These events do not just happen by chance. I am very grateful to all those who have helped organise the day's activities and to those who will be taking an active part.

“The Town Centre Management Initiative is grateful to those new sponsors for this year and the continued support of other organisations over many years.

“The full list of those who are supporting the lights is being published this year so people can see for themselves which businesses in the town do get involved and those who chose not to."

Thousands of Sunday shoppers are expected to join in the festivities when the shops close at 5pm. The lights will be turned on from a stage in Warwick Street hosted by Mercia FM.

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