Bexhill will be full of festive cheer as the town’s Christmas lights are turned on this evening (Friday).
A whole evening of late night shopping and entertainment will start from 4pm as the town centre lights up.
Shining Lights, run by directors Anna Beale, Mick Matthews and Andrew Crotty, is behind this evening’s event, centred on Western Road and Devonshire Road.
The lights will be switched on by Bexhill’s four carnival princesses at 6pm.
Andrew said: “We are excited as anyone else for this evening and the shops have been so forthcoming and supportive.
“The majority of the entertainment is from Bexhill, which is great for us and shines a light on the town itself. We want to make Bexhill happy and proud and put the town back on the map.”
There will be a Christmas market with Churches Together joining schools singing carols in Devonshire Square.
From 5pm Bexhill Dende Drummers will be performing in Devonshire Road.
Other entertainment includes Diana Freedman School of Dance All Stars Group, singer Rich Lown, Rother Community Choir, Mad Fish Performing Arts and Frank Sinatra tribute singer, Lennie Aldous.
Bexhill 100 Motoring Club, complete with its very own Santa and Hot Rod Christmas Sleigh, will be joining the festivities, as members are decorating their classic cars and assembling at 4pm along De La Warr Parade outside The Old Bathing Station, where Father Christmas will be there to meet children.
The vintage cars will leave the Old Bathing Station at 4.45pm and travel through the town centre.
Lynn Brailsford, from the club, said: “Shining Lights’ effort has been wonderful. Everybody is pulling together, and doing it for the benefit of the town. This to me is people power, it has got a bit of community spirit going.”
Police have also donated £200 to Shining Lights.
The donation came from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
Greystones Estate Agents is also holding a bumper raffle prize draw, with prizes being donated by staff, together with many businesses in town. The firm will be donating all proceeds to Charity for Kids, which helps sick and disabled children in 1066 Country.