Two local heroes to switch on Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights
PUBLISHED: 16:09 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 November 2018
supplied by WGC BID/Kerry Sparrow
Two very special local heroes will switch on Welwyn Garden City’s Christmas lights tomorrow night, after a fun-filled festive day.
A talented primary school artist and a nursing hero will step up to bring a festive sparkle to Welwyn Garden City at the grand Christmas lights switch-on.
A day of seasonal entertainment will begin at 12.30 tomorrow (November 17), including street entertainers, choir performances, face painting, a lantern parade, a market and funfair rides - and, of course, Santa will pay a visit.
But the event will culminate in the moment that makes everybody feel more Christmassy - the switching on of the lights.
This year, the honour of lighting up the town goes to Nellie Sparrow from Holwell Primary School, and Tim Nwachukwu, a nurse who rushed to the aid of a needy person.
Nellie won the honour when her lantern drawing was picked as the best from a competition run by the Creation Station.
Her mum Kerry said she wasn’t even aware Nellie had entered until she got the phone call from the school. “She’s going to be a little celebrity!” she joked, adding that her schoolmates all think Nellie is good at drawing.
“She’s actually quite shy but she’s up for the challenge.”
Nellie’s drawing, along with all the other entries, are on display at the Howard Centre.
Nellie will accompany Tim, who came to the aid of a Welwyn Garden City shopper earlier this summer at the World Food Festival.
It was Tim’s day off from the emergency rooms at the Lister Hospital, but he rushed to help a gentleman who was taken ill and stayed while paramedics brought the man back to consciousness.
“We can’t thank Tim enough for his help that day,” said the Welwyn Garden City BID team, who organise both the food festival and the Christmas festival.
The light switch-on is at 5.30, but the fun starts earlier.
What’s on during the Christmas Lights event?
12.00 - Oaklands College
12.20 - Codicote Community Choir
13.20 - Oaklands College
13.50 - Dance Beat
14.10 - Games Contest
14.40 - Stage Call
15.00 - Welwyn Thalians
15.20 - Kollection
15.40 - Welwyn Warriorz
16.00 - George Clark
16.25 - Eurovision finalist Alex Larke
16.55 - Wexli Academy
17.00 - Lantern Parade
17.30 - 3-2-1- Lights switch on
For full details of the festive event, see: www.welwyngarden.co.uk/christmas-lights-event-v2