Community News: Royston Celebrates Record-Breaking Turnout at Christmas Lights Switch On Event by Clive Porter

Royston’s Christmas Lights Switch On event, held at Fish Hill on 24th November, witnessed an overwhelming success, reportedly drawing a record-breaking crowd of over 700 people and spreading festive cheer throughout the town.

The evening, hosted by Star Radio’s Josh Lovett, was a spectacular showcase of community spirit, holiday performances, and the grand illumination of the town’s Christmas lights by the esteemed ‘local hero,’ Andy McFadyen, Funeral Manager at Newlings of Royston. The event, funded by Royston First BID members, was made possible with the support of several businesses and organisations, including Abbot Travel for providing power, the Cambridge Star Radio team, and dedicated event sponsor, Dysons.

Paul Brown, BID Manager at Royston First BID, expressed gratitude, saying, “It was incredible to see the huge turnout for our town’s lights and the support for our local businesses and other organisations. We extend our sincere thanks to Dysons for their sponsorship, Abbot Travel for powering the event, the amazing performers on stage, our ‘local hero’ Andy McFadyen, for pressing the button and the entire Cambridge Star Radio team, especially host Josh Lovett, for their invaluable contributions in making the Christmas Lights Switch On a resounding success. Most importantly, this event was primarily funded by the BID. Without it, the event would not continue to run and we hope businesses have showed their support, by backing the BID and voting “yes” to the renewal this November.”

Throughout the evening, the crowd was entertained on stage by performers, Tom Huttlestone, the team at Royston Leisure Centre and students at Limitless Academy. Royston’s Town Mayor, Lisa-Jayne Adams, and the Town Crier Graham Pfaff also made an appearance to show their support for the switch-on.

Local businesses and other organisations, such as St. John The Baptist Church, extended a warm welcome by staying open late or holding a stall, enhancing the festive atmosphere.

Off-stage, Disney characters welcomed families and children had the option of face painting.

Community members have since shared their positive feedback:

“A fantastic turnout; well done to all involved.”

“Thanks for a great evening Royston at the lights switch on.”

“Wow, so many people on this cold November evening. How lovely to see so many locals. You all made this night so memorable.”

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