OLIVER musical star Mark Lester officially switched on Tetbury’s Christmas lights at a festive event on December 2.
Appropriately the day started off with an early afternoon screening of the classic 1968 film Oliver in the Tetbury Goods Shed cinema.
At 5.30pm, a family Christmas lantern parade started from Tetbury Town Council offices led by the Tetbury fire engine and crew with dignitaries and children carrying their lanterns to the Market House in the heart of the town.
Tetbury’s Community and Ukrainian Choir led the assembled throng in some traditional carols just before the countdown of the lights switch on by actor Mark Lester, Mayor Peter Coleman, and St Mary’s Primary School pupils Mya C, Jory D, Elsa Y and Toby M.
There was an array of local craft market stalls selling homemade goodies as well as live music from vocalist Adam Okin and Nailsworth Brass Band.
A range of independent shops were also open.
Mark Lester said: “I was touched by the warm welcome to me and my family from the people of Tetbury.
“Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to visit all the wonderful independent shops.
“I would like to personally thank Neil Vedmore from Ellis and Killpatrick Opticians for the lovely gift of Maui Jim sunglasses.
“What a surprise to see the comic art gallery and to see the Batman annual used in my film Our Mother’s House in 1967.
“I would like to thank my dear friend Councillor Kevin Painter for making it such a joyous event.
“Also many thanks from my entire family – we were so grateful to be included in this special occasion.”
The town council Christmas committee would like to thank the many people who helped make this such a fantastic event.