Maidstone lit-up for Christmas
Crowds out in force for
It’s beginning to look a lot like
Christmas following Maidstone’s festive lights switch-on last
Crowds packed the town centre to
see Jubilee Square and Fremlin Walk lit-up four weeks before the
kmfm stages set-up at both
locations hosted a variety of acts ahead of the illumination
ceremony - with the lights turned on by kmfm breakfast presenters
Rob Wills and Emma Saint.
Chart-busting girl band, Parade,
warmed the audience on a cold, blustery night with a lively song
and dance set.
All-male performing four-piece,
J.U.K.E, who are seemingly destined for big things, supplemented
the seasonal excitement which was given added sparkle by a stunning
show from Maidstone’s Mandy Ellen School of Dance.
Panto stars from the cast of Cinderella, which starts at the
Hazlitt Theatre on Saturday, December 8, were joined on stage by
Father Christmas to perform the all-important lighting-up duties in
The colourful gang carried out the
same task in Fremlin Walk where gold tinsel fluttered through the
air as the shopping mall, filled with festive food stalls, exploded
Chloe Sims,star of TV’s The Only
Way Is Essex, joined the onstage countdown before heading to
Waterstones for a book signing where long queues of excited
Laura Harper, 17, from Shepway, was
among crowds in Fremlin Walk enjoying the entertainment. She said:
"The town put on a really good show.
"The lights look great and it’s
really put me in the mood for Christmas.
"People of all ages are here, not
just chavs, which looks really good for Maidstone."
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