"Crowds Flocked To The Annual Christmas Market And Christmas Lights 2016 Switch-On" In Warminster

Monday 28th November 2016:

Warminster Town Council have sent out the following press release with regard the Warminster Christmas Market which was held at Warminster Civic Centre and the Christmas Lights Switch-On which took place in front of the Chapel of St. Lawence in the High Street ~

Warminster was buzzing on Saturday 26th November 2016 as crowds flocked to the annual Christmas Market and the Christmas lights switch-on.

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Macfarlane, opened the Christmas Market at the Civic Centre where the 33 stallholders reported a busy and fruitful day and were very complimentary about how well organised the event was. Father Christmas made an early appearance seeing about 60 children who had lots of requests, the most surprising being from a young boy who asked for a hot tub!

Once the market was over at 4.30 p.m., preparations began in earnest for the Christmas lights switch on. This year the theme was a traditional tableau centred in the garden of the Chapel of St Lawrence.

Warminster Brass Band accompanied local community choirs and the public in singing Christmas carols, while the Town Crier Phil Seddon and Father Christmas led the switch-on party and the lantern parade from the Civic Centre to the chapel. The living nativity participants made their way to the garden, with Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds and angels galore. Having been introduced to the audience, Archie and Finn Martin pressed the magic button and the town was illuminated in its usual Christmas splendour, with a cascade of snow from the chapel completing the magical scene while the crowds sang ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ before dispersing.

The Mayor, Paul Macfarlane, said: “Warminster has once again demonstrated the strength of its community spirit by coming out in force to support this occasion. We are particularly proud to have had local schoolchildren Archie and Finn Martin to switch on the lights which they did brilliantly in front of such a huge crowd. They are true local celebrities.”

Town Clerk Heather Abernethie agreed wholeheartedly: “It was delightful to create a traditional Christmas Lights switch-on event that enabled young children and parents to get into the Christmas spirit and once again enjoy the fantastic Christmas lights that Warminster displays. We are extremely grateful for all the support we received from several local businesses and organisations who gave their time and resources freely.”