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Bucks Fizz stars to turn on Bromley Christmas lights - all the details on day of fun here

PUBLISHED: 08:45 27 October 2017

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Stars will be icing on the cake as town pulls out the stops to get in a festive mood

Three of the chart-topping band Bucks Fizz will turn on the Christmas lights in Bromley next month.

Now touring under the name The Fizz, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston will be joined by band mate Bobby McVay to turn on the lights on November 19.

As Bucks Fizz - they lost the right to use the name after a legal dispute with former original member Bobby G - they not only won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with the classic Makin’ Your Mind Up, but also went on to secure a string of bit hits including the likes of Land of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies.

Before flicking the switch on the illuminations, The Fizz will perform two of their best known hits for the crowds.

A day of fun will start at 11am in The Glades, with Christmas music, face painting, storytelling and entertainment, including thousands of free giveaways in Christmas red envelopes, with prizes including free parking, free coffee, free treats and even free soft toys.

At 1.30pm the local Drum Corp herald the start of the proceedings at the stage, before welcoming the Bromley Community Choir to the stage. At 2pm the traditional Santa Dash, will see hundreds of Santas start at Queensmead Recreation Ground before running, or walking, into the town centre where a Santa disco will be held in their honour.

The Santa disco will take place in front of the specially constructed stage in Market Square, where a huge 13ft screen will be erected.

Local dance and theatre schools will keep the crowds entertained as the excitement builds throughout the afternoon, finishing with a performance from The Voice Kids finalist, local school girl Gina Lidonni.

Gina will be followed by The Fizz who will take to the stage to perform Makin’ Your Mind Up and Land of Make Believe before introducing the winner of Your Bromley’s Local Hero competition that will run throughout November, to select a member of the community who will be given the honour of helping to turn the lights on. The band will present a charity cheque to the winner who will join them on the stage.

As darkness begins to fall a nutcracker themed parade will then take to the streets.

Frances Forest, Bromley Business Improvement District manager, said: “Bromley is the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping and to get into the Christmas spirit. We hope our celebrations will not only showcase what Bromley has to offer, but will also reflect the importance of the local community in making Bromley such a special place. With so many restaurants, cafes and bars in the town centre it’s a great opportunity to make a day of it and take in the full day of celebrations.”

The celebrations will be followed by a programme of events throughout December, including a Christmas catering trailer offering mulled wine and mince pies, festive singing performances in a traditional bandstand, ice sculpting and even snow over the Christmas tree.

The Bromley Business Improvement District (BID) is a business led and business funded scheme to improve Bromley town centre through additional services and new initiatives and aims to promote Bromley to visitors old and new.

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