Mystery star to light up Bexhill town

A mock-up of the Christmas lights on Western Road, Bexhill
A mock-up of the Christmas lights on Western Road, Bexhill

The stars of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, will not be switching on Bexhill’s Christmas lights, it was announced this week.

The actors from the show at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings were expected to attend the switch-on in Bexhill town centre on December 4.

Andrew Crotty, one of the directors of Shining Lights, which is organising the programme, said he received news this week that the stars were unavailable on December 4.

He added: “We hope to get a special guest to come and switch the lights on.”

Andrew said he was exploring a number of options but remained tight-lipped as to who the mystery guest could be.

Despite the small setback, Andrew said the evening’s events in Western Road and Devonshire Road promises to be a showcase for talent, as a number of entertainers will take to the stage to wow the crowds.

The programme starts at 4pm and runs until 9pm and will include a festive market, singers, dancers and fireworks.

The Christmas lights will be switched on in the town centre at 6pm.

Andrew said: “We will have a variety of local talent performing on stage in the form of Jules Phillips, an excellent street dancer, who won Hastings Got Talent last year. He will take to the stage at 7.20pm.

“We will also have singer Rich Lown from 8.20pm and Bexhill Drummers performing.”

The drummers kick off proceedings from 5pm.

Other acts include Lennie Aldous, Frank Sinatra tribute singer, Rother Choir and Diane Friedman’s school of dancing.

The Bexhill 100 Motoring Club will also be parading cars around the town centre.

Organisers are still looking for stallholders. Ring Andrew on 07952 995523.

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