Barnstaple ready for festive lights switch-on

Blake will be switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple this year.

Blake will be switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple this year. - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple will be celebrating its big Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday.

BRIT Award-winning act Blake will push the big red button, lighting up the town with festive cheer, and playing a short, festive set.

A line-up of local talent will be performing from 2pm onwards, with Blake taking time out from their concert of Christmas Classics at the Queen’s Theatre to switch on the lights at 6pm.

Barnstaple Youth Choir will be on stage at 2pm; Stagecoach Theatre Arts at 2.30pm; Andrew Vanstone at 3.15pm; Yazzy at 4pm; Beach Talk: Jim Heard at 5pm; Blake at 6pm; and One Man Boycott at 6.15pm - 7pm.

Matthew Brend, chairman of Barnstaple Town Centre Management, said: “The lights switch-on always signals the start of Christmas in Barnstaple, with late-night shopping, Christmas fayres and other great events in the town in the run-up to the big day.”

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There will be some road closures in place during the switch on: Taw Vale, Boutport Street, Belle Meadow and the Longbridge will be closed to vehicles between 1-9pm.

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