By Lotte Pegler
Bognor Regis Town Council has released the date for its Christmas light display switch-on.
The council is working with a new lighting contractor this year, The Festive Light Company, to help bring a new look to the town, which will be unveiled at the switch-on on November 23.
A town council spokesman said: “Some members of the public were lucky to see a sneak preview of the lights when they were being installed and tested last week and Facebook comments were very positive.”
The displays will be in High Street, London Road, York Road, Queensway and Station Road and include a spectacular new centrepiece where London Road meets High Street.
As well as the lights display, a number of other festive activities will be in place on the switch-on day.
Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the railway station from 1pm-5pm. Tickets will be £1 and bookable in half-hourly time slots from 1pm-5pm.
Christmas Art Workshops at the Alexandra Theatre, Street Performers, Entertainers and Coles Funfair Rides throughout the town, and, of course, the magical new light displays, will be switched on by the cast of the Spillers Pantomime, The Wizards of Oz, and the mayor at 5.30pm.
Bognor Regis Business Improvement District will be once again supporting the day by funding two elements, including Christmas Art workshops at the Regis Centre for visitors to make Magical Mosaic Stars from 1pm-5pm.
At the railway station, the BID is also sponsoring the retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
This entertainment is devised and performed by Chris Day, a master storyteller. Performances will take place on the station concourse at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm.
BID chairman Jason Passingham said: “We are happy to once again be supporting the town council’s Switch-on event, as it not only marks the start of Christmas in Bognor Regis, it is also a most wonderful experience for the young and young at heart.”
To bring the day to a close, the magical new illuminations will be switched on by the cast of the Spillers pantomime, The Wizard of Oz, Spirit FM and the town mayor at 5.30pm in the High Street in front of the arcade.
The new display comes thanks to a new, three-year contract with The Festive Light Company.
Figures show the cost of the three years combined will come to £77,545.41.