This year saw a massive crowd filling the High Street from end to end. There was a packed programme of entertainment with fabulous local performers including Kate Stevens, Vigo School Choir and Jayne Deer, all giving their time and talent for free to support the community event. Fair Play Performing Arts, Stagecoach Andover and Portway Glee Club performed their hearts out and showed that there is no shortage of future stars in the town!
The whole event was sponsored by Basepoint, and the Big TV Screen made sure that no-one missed a moment of the festive fun. Stalls and traders including hot food, snacks and face painting plus stilt-walking reindeers supported the entertainment.
The evening created a new Christmas Star when Olivia Sacree, aged 8 from Portway Junior School had her winning poem ‘Christmas To Me’ animated on the Big TV screen and pressed the big red button to switch on the Christmas Lights provided by Andover Town Council.
The night then culminated in a stunning firework finale from The Chantry Centre, making sure that Christmas started with a bang!
Leader of the Council, Councillor Phil North, said: “Test Valley Borough Council is proud to be able to bring this event to Andover each year in conjunction with Andover Town Council and the Chantry Centre. The Switch On is more than just the chance to party; it also helps to support local businesses and traders in and around the High Street and raises the profile of the town in a very positive way.”
It’s official, we are now well on the way to Christmas!