Last Updated: 27 Nov 2017 4:36pm
Christmas officially arrived in Tonbridge this weekend as thousands of people gathered in the town to enjoy three days of festive entertainment at the annual Tonbridge Christmas Festival.
This year’s event, which was organised by Tonbridge Rotary Club with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, took place over three days on Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.
The celebrations began with a Family Fun Fair in Sovereign Way Mid on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traditional children’s rides, side shows, arcades, toffee apples and candy floss brought the town to life with thrills, laughter and smiles all round.
On Sunday, around 9,000 people came to the town to enjoy musical entertainment, fun and the official switching on of the town’s Christmas lights. During the afternoon, revellers were treated to a wonderful mix of on-stage entertainment featuring Courtney Hadwin – The Voice Kids UK Finalist, Razzamataz Theatre School, Hobbo and the Hippies, Tonbridge Community Singers and Roxxon all of whom performed free of charge. Local businesses and charities set up stalls offering a variety of festive and local produce in the High Street.
At 5pm the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton, took to the stage alongside stars from the Angel Centre Pantomime – ‘Peter Pan’, to switch on the Christmas lights. Cheers filled the air as the lights once again worked their magic to light-up Tonbridge. More musical entertainment followed the light switch on and then, at 6pm, the cheering crowds gathered around the Big Bridge and in River Walk for the firework finale over Tonbridge Castle.
Chair of the Festival Committee and Rotary Club member, Jim Chandler, says: “This year’s festival has got the community of Tonbridge off to a wonderful start to the festive season! The atmosphere in the town was really magical. Huge thanks to the thousands who attended and the amazing support of all of the sponsors and everyone who took part.”
Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Roger Dalton, adds: “Christmas has arrived in Tonbridge! Well done to the Tonbridge Rotary Club for doing such a fantastic job again this year and huge thanks to all the groups who helped to make the event so entertaining. I would like to wish residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
This year’s festival was organised by The Rotary Club of Tonbridge with support from the Borough Council, Tonbridge Lions Club, Nick Shaw’s Leisure and Razzamataz.