Christmas in Barton on Sea - November 29th 2019

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Festive finale for Byron Road lights switch on Hundreds of people are expected at what

T his will be the 15th and final year for the Barton-on-Sea switch-on which has attract- ed worldwide publicity over the years as the eight adjoining hous- es were lit up with an estimated 800,000 LED lights. The organisers have decided it was too much work in organising the event, although the houses will continue to dazzle crowds with the spectacular display over Christmas but without the official switching-on ceremony. Masterminded by Ged Holly- oake, the event has featured spe- cial guest appearances from TV personalities along with live mu- sic, family fun and – of course – a visit from Father Christmas. As well as becoming a firm fa- vourite in the New Milton Christ- mas calendar, Ged’s incredible festive display have also seen him feature on Good Morning Britain, ITV News and as the backdrop for a Cadbury’s TV advertisement. In 2017, the display was judged the best in Britain in a contest in the Daily Mail, decided by Chris- topher Biggins, which won Ged an extra £10,000 for his chosen charity. The event, now organised by Ged’s son, Jason Dean, a for- mer BBC and Sky TV presenter, starts at 4pm, when thousands of people are expected to turn up to greet comedy legend Jimmy Tarbuck, former Saints manager Harry Redknapp and Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage. There will also be a perfor- mance from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Tony Rudd and mu- will be the very last spectacular Byron Road Christmas Lights switch on this Sunday (December 1st).

the best year yet and to have as many visitors as possible between the switch-on and the new year. Our chosen charities this year are the Bournemouth Hospital Jigsaw Appeal, and to help fund physiotherapy for Thomas Hazleton who suffers with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and who was featured on This Time Next Year with Davi- na McCall. Money raised will also go to a local self-funded school which provides essential learning for their pupils.” The lights, which take the or- ganisers more than six weeks to construct, are expected to be lit every evening until early January. Last year’s illuminations were switched on by Bournemouth poet Shaine Singer from Chan- nel 4 show The Undateables. Harry Redknapp was also at the 2017 switch-on, as was ITV weather presenter Holly Green. Free parking is available at New Milton Football Club.

“But this year the event is guaranteed to be the biggest and best ever as we continue to raise money for very worthwhile char- ities.” During the evening, Santa will be handing gifts to children while the crowds will be able to feast on mince pies and mulled wine. Over the years more than £80,000 has been raised by the

impressive display which has been seen in media worldwide and featured on television as far as Australia, USA, Russia and Spain. ITV’s Good Morning Britain has broadcast live from the lights on a number of occasions. In 2016 Byron Road was the set for the Cadbury’s Christmas advert. Jason said: “We are hoping for

sic from the Mellor Sisters and Scott Haynes. Jason said rising costs, includ- ing public liability insurance and the considerable amount of work in staging the event had led to the decision to switch off the switch-on. He said: “We have been run- ning the switch-on for 14 years and my dad is not getting any younger. There’s a lot of work that has to be done including closing the road and organising the activities. My dad pays insur- ance costs and won’t take a pen- ny from charity. It all equates to about £1,000 for just two min- utes.

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