This years Ilfracombe Christmas lights switch-on will leave the crowd asking for asking for more as the cast of Oliver! step up to the mark. Wednesday of next week (November 25) will see the cast from Small Pond Productions take the limelight for the big event at 7pm by the war memorial. It follows an appeal for nominations after 22 Squadron was unable to conduct the switch-on and Marnie Quy of organiser Events4Ilfracombe said the Oliver! cast were nominated more than any other. Thousands are expected to gather for the event, which begins with a parade of schoolchildren bearing lanterns, setting off from Oxford Grove at around 6.35pm and reaching the war memorial at 6.45. There will be carols and readings from atop the open-topped bus before the countdown to the switch-on and then the crowds will follow the bus and Santas sleigh to the High Street for more entertainment, stalls, food and shopping. Small Ponds Lee Baxendale said the cast were proud and excited to have been chosen, especially the younger members. Oliver! will be performed from December 3-5 to at Landmark Theatre.