Article: Jonathan White
Photographs: Jonathan White and Peter Robinson (additional photographs from The Cat)
The Nantwich Christmas Lights Switch On, organised by Nantwich Town Council, took place on Friday 19th November 2021 on the Town Square in Nantwich.
Local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM compered the event from 3pm, which included live performances on a stage area in the evening from local singer Megan Lee, accompanied by Nigel Stonier, and Electromantics.
Electromantics performed a set recreating songs by the artists Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Blancmange, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, New Order, Howard Jones, OMD, and Depeche Mode, reaching a crescendo with Soft Cell’s ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’.
Prior to the switch on at 7:40pm, Mayor of Nantwich Councillor Stuart Bostock thanked the sponsors, organisers and everyone who attended for supporting the event. Father Christmas also made an appearance with a baby ‘reindeer’.
A countdown ensued before the Applewood Independent Christmas Tree and the town’s Christmas lights were turned on by the Mayor, along with the sponsors of the event Applewood Independent, Alpha Omega Security and McCarthy Stone.
Refreshments were available from stalls and the Nantwich Bookshop and Coffee Lounge.
There was also a festive market from noon onwards selling a selection of gifts, treats and food, setting a festive scene along Churchyardside.
The event was enjoyed by several thousand people in dry, crisp weather.