No lights switch on - but a day full of fun

Bridlington SPA'Photo call for the Panto Cast'PA1138-10f'Charlie Dimmock
Bridlington SPA'Photo call for the Panto Cast'PA1138-10f'Charlie Dimmock

PLANS are almost finalised for Bridlington’s Christmas celebrations.

There won’t be a traditional Christmas lights switch on - but Bridlington Town Council are promising a fun filled day of events to kick off the festive season in style.

As it stands, on Saturday, December 10, the fun begins at 11am in the Promenades Shopping Centre.

The Town Council will host stalls including a tombola for the SSAFA Forces charity, the Katie Walker Cancer Trust, and traditional mince pies and mulled wine.

Also from 11am, the cast of the Spa’s Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime will be meeting crowds at the Promenades until 12.30pm.

Choirs from various Bridlington Schools, as well as the Bridlington Girls Choir, will be singing carols from 1pm for the rest of the afternoon - along with the Lions Club Santa in his grotto and other festive treats.

The festivities will then move to the Spa Gardens - which will host local bands and Christmas entertainment from 6pm until around 8pm, which will move inside the Spa in the case of bad weather.

As an extra yuletide treat, the Spa will host a performance of A Christmas Carol in the Spa Theatre at 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 concessions, and are available from the box office.

This year, the Town Council will host a special event for the very first time - ‘Bridopoly’ - in conjunction with the Spa, local shops and businesses.

Based on Monopoly, the game will involve children collecting cards and having them stamped in various locations around the town. More details will be revealed in the Free Press next week.

l The Mayor of Bridlington’s annual Christmas Card competition has also launched this week.

Children between 5 and 16 years old can enter the competition, by designing the card which will be officially used by Mayor Cyril Marsburg this Christmas.

The winner will receive a £50 Argos voucher, a family ticket to the Bridlington Spa’s pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk and will see their card used officially by the Mayor.

The winner will be announced by this year’s Spa panto star Charlie Dimmock at the Promenades Shopping Centre on Saturday, December 10.

Send your design to the Town Council at 62 Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4HX by November 18. All entries must contain the child’s name, age and school.