Christmas lights switch-ons in Dudley & Brierley Hill
Update Sat 27 Dec
Both events are still scheduled to go ahead but please check our facebook and twitter pages for updates
Dudley and Brierley Hill are set to sparkle this weekend, with thousands set to turn out for the big Christmas lights switch-on in both towns on Saturday.
The entertainment on the main stage in Dudley gets under way at 12 noon, with the light switch on expected at around 5pm.
It will include free performances of pantomime Dick Whittington by Funtime Theatre inside Top Church at 1.30pm and 3pm, and live entertainment by local musicians and bands on the main stage from 12 noon onwards.
Unique street act The Angels will be on hand to entertain the crowds in the afternoon – they will also be in Brierley Hill on Saturday morning - while there will also be appearances from Disney favourites Olaf and Yeti.
There will be a Christmas market, operated by Tudor Markets, which will run from 9am to 5.30pm.
And on stage pressing the button for the big switch on will be BBC WM presenter Ambur Sandhu, the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Anne Millward, and characters from Dick Whittington.
In Brierley Hill meanwhile, the event runs from 11am to 5pm in the High Street and Moor Centre.
There will be small children's rides street entertainers and live music from local musicians and bands. Due to a forecast of high winds the Christmas street market and larger funfair rides will no longer go ahead.
Butcher Gordon Tranter and student nurse Olivia Jane Hanson, who both helped save a woman’s life performing CPR after she collapsed while shopping in the town centre earlier this year, will be on stage to press the button and light up the town. They will be joined by deputy Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Sue Greenaway.
Parking is free on council-owned car parks in both towns all day on Saturday.
Councillor Anne Millward, Mayor of Dudley, said:
I’m really looking forward to attending the event in Dudley this weekend, and hope lots of people will turn out for that and the switch-on in Brierley Hill to signal the start of the festive season.
It was great to see Stourbridge and Halesowen packed with people last weekend for their switch-ons, and I am sure Dudley and Brierley Hill will be just as bustling.
These events help to support our town centre businesses and traders who have been there for us throughout the pandemic. We hope people come along to the events, enjoy the entertainment on offer and show their support for local businesses.