Mascots hoof it into town for switch-on

Picture by Brian Simonds
Picture by Brian Simonds

BUCKINGHAM will be all lit up on Saturday, November 26, when the annual switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights takes place.

The carol service and switch-on of the lights, which marks the build-up to Christmas for young and old in the town, will take place outside the Old Gaol at 6pm.

This year, Mayor of Buckingham Mike Smith will be assisted in flicking the switch by MK Dons mascots Donnie and Mooey.

Winslow Concert Band will be playing traditional carols, and the school choir from Bourton Meadow School will turn out as usual to bolster the carol singing. The children, aged seven to 11, have contributed to the occasion for the last few years.

Hopefully, the weather will be kinder to them this year, as Bourton Meadow music teacher Nick Perry said: “Last year it was really quite cold.”

The enthusiastic choir of 50 to 60 pupils from Years 3 to 7 has been busy rehearsing for the occasion. In addition to singing along with the Christmas carols, the choir will be performing one Christmas item on their own.

“We’ve been rehearsing various options,” said Mr Perry.

Father Christmas has also promised to take time out of his busy schedule and drop in to see everyone on the night.

During the day, there will be a Continental Market in the old cattle pens, selling fresh bread, French tarts, cheeses, olives, spices, jewellery and lots more.