Southport - the Classic Resort on England's North West Coast
Sefton Sports Awards
Supporter of the Year
To The Community
Christmas Lights Switch-On
20th November 2011
Last year at this time we were casting careful eyes over the weather forecast, and
wondering whether we would get stuck in the snow, or simply freeze to death, at the
Christmas Lights Switch On. This year has been completely different, proving once
again that British weather is worthy of the time and effort spent in discussing it.
Our Lights Switch On day was clear, calm, nearly completely dry, and mild for the
time of year. The end result of which was that thousands of people turned out to
watch and listen to the entertainment provided from 2pm onwards in the Princess Diana
Gardens, right in the heart of Lord Street.
Thousands of people who, as time edged towards Switch On time at 5.30pm, waited expectantly...
...while taking time to buy their flashing novelties from our Mobile Retail Centre.
Thanks indeed to the more than two hundred people who helped us to help our local
And then, everything happened at once, or so it seemed. The Police Horses cleared
the way and into sight came the Banks Brass Band, sponsored this year by Southport
Lions, and followed immediately by our Big Fearsome Lion, our slightly smaller Cuddly
Mrs Lion, and our amazingly active Small Lion Callum. Behind this group came our
club banner, and our van, suitably twinkling in a truly festive fashion. More than
twenty five separate groups of participants, each representing a club, charity or
institution, followed, reaching the Princess Diana Gardens at 5.30pm in time for
everyone to count down to lighting up time. A magical evening.