Christmas lights switched on, despite the rain
Umbrellas were the order of the day for the switch-on
celebrations for Dover’s Christmas Lights on Saturday.
Rain throughout the day - which became heavier the nearer it got
to the actual switch-on time - caused people to take shelter
wherever they could.
A smaller-than-usual, but nonetheless enthusiastic crowd
gathered in the Market Square to see panto stars Toyah Willcox and
Gareth Gates help Dover Mayor Cllr Anne Smith and deputy Mayor Cllr Ronnie Philpott
light up the town for the festive season.
The Bettesteiner Footstompers Oompah Band sought refuge in a
shop doorway as they played their music, the Dover Air Training
Corps band braved the weather as did the Vista Twister cheerleaders
to put on their display, and other singers and dancers did their
best in the wet conditions.
Members of Dover Operatic and Dramatic Society also went ahead
with their presentation.
Slightly more fortunate were those who were organising workshops
in a former shop in Biggin Street and at Dover Museum, while
Harrison’s traditional fairground amusements, including a
roundabout and test-your-strength game, helped brighten up the day
Full story and more photos in this week's Dover
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