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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
One of Norfolk’s Paralympians is set to switch on the Christmas lights in Norwich next week.
Taverham archer Mel Clarke, who won silver at this year’s Paralympic Games, will undertake the honour next Thursday.
The evening will include free entertainment from 6.15pm in the city centre around The Forum, Jarrold Store, Chapelfield Gardens and on the steps of City Hall.
There will be family fun including ukulele strummers, a lantern parade, Father Christmas and frolicking fairies.
The event has been organised by Norwich City Council and is supported by BBC Radio Norfolk, Norwich Evening News, The Forum Trust, Jarrold and Virgin Money.
The council’s culture and events officer Clare Hubery said: “We are thrilled that Mel Clarke can join us for what promises to be an evening of festive wonder and fun.”
A lantern procession, made by Henderson Green Primary School and The Hewett School, will leave Chapelfield Gardens at 6.15pm, making its way to The Forum, joined by Father Christmas on his sleigh.
From 6.15pm to 7.10pm there will be entertainment on the steps of City Hall, where compere David Webster, from BBC Radio Norfolk, will be joined by the Chermond Gymnastics Club, Norwich Ukulele Society and Swank’s Frolicking Fairies.
The big switch-on and firework burst will be held at 7pm. There will also be a giant snowball throw and carols. Festivities will continue afterwards at the Forum.