A Message from the Mayor

This time of year is a time to remember family, community and those less fortunate than ourselves. The Christmas Lights Switch On celebrates all this and more…

Through November there have been workshops to make beautiful paper and willow lanterns for the Christmas Lights Switch On. They will arrive in processions, from every corner of the town, in what promises to be a sparkling display to mark the start of the festive season.

This year, there are extra things to celebrate… Ted Clark, a pupil at Oakfield School won the prize for the design of the first class stamp in this year’s prestigious competition set by the Royal Mail. To celebrate this event I have invited Ted to join me to turn on the lights and his design has been reproduced on the front of the programme. That’s not all, the newly refurbished area around the Boyle Cross will be revealed. The renovations will enable the Boyle Cross area to be used for many more events and celebrations in the future.

The Christmas Light Switch On brings excitement and a flurry of activity to kick start the season. With the town’s greatest number of independent traders staying open late, we can sample festive food and drink to put us in the mood for singing and spot the perfect present for loved ones.

As in past years we can gather to light up some Christmas Spirit in the centre of our town. The town band will be there to lead us in singing some carols, and there will be festive food and drink to give us a taste of what’s to come in the next month. The words of the carols are printed in the programme so be sure to bring it along. Carol sheets will also be handed out on the evening so no excuses for not joining in.

Good wishes for the festive season and a happy and peaceful New Year!

Cllr Sheila Gore

Mayor of Frome