Two local heroes to switch on Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 16:09 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 November 2018

Tim Nwachukwu and Nellie Sparrow were selected to switch on the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights. Pictures: supplied by WGC BID/Kerry Sparrow

Tim Nwachukwu and Nellie Sparrow were selected to switch on the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights. Pictures: supplied by WGC BID/Kerry Sparrow

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.

The crowd gathers in front of the Howard Centre for the 2017 festivities. Picture: Danny LooThe crowd gathers in front of the Howard Centre for the 2017 festivities. Picture: Danny Loo

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.

The Christmas Tree with lights on at the 2017 Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Danny LooThe Christmas Tree with lights on at the 2017 Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on. Picture: Danny Loo

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.

Performers at the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on in 2017. Picture: Danny LooPerformers at the Welwyn Garden City Christmas lights switch on in 2017. Picture: Danny Loo

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.

Nellie Sparrow, who was selected to switch on Welwyn Garden City's Christmas lights, has already met Santa! Picture: Kerry SparrowNellie Sparrow, who was selected to switch on Welwyn Garden City's Christmas lights, has already met Santa! Picture: Kerry Sparrow

What’s on during the Christmas Lights event?

Stage Programme

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

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