Press Release 15th Nov 2013

Friday 8th Nov. 2013


Keswick Rotary Club’s Lake District Tree of Light and Keswick’s Christmas Lights switch-on event attracted thousands of people and proved a great success – the best ever.

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The town council, Keswick Tourism Association and Keswick Rotary Club joined forces to organise events which took place throughout the day. There was a Food and Gift Fair in the market square that ran from 1.00pm whilst the Rotary Club also had a stall selling seasonal novelty lights. This year a new attraction was Keswick Rotary Club’s Lumiere Show which was projected onto the wall of the Skiddaw Hotel and depicted the work of the club both locally and internationally and also featured information about events that run throughout the year in Keswick.

However the stars of the show were the mythical creatures which were designed and made by children from schools in the area for the New Arts North ‘Shine’ procession. The schools involved were Borrowdale, Braithwaite, Threlkeld and St Herbert’s.

Father Christmas was also on parade, along with two pirates from the town’s Theatre by the Lake Christmas show, Swallows and Amazons.

Many events were staged in Packhorse Court in the afternoon including Lakeland Radio’s live broadcast and performances by Search for the Stars winners Hayden Sorrenson and Tiffany Southward. Keswick School Jazz Band and St Herbert’s School Choir. Russell Burbush and Keswick Community Choir sang songs on the main stage in Market Square.

At 7.00 on the main stage, The Keswick Rotary Club Lake District Tree of Light swirch-on by Rotary President John Howell was beamed on to a building in Market Square from Penrith Road. The Tree of Light – a beech tree behind the cenotaph in Penrith Road – is lit with over 5,000 LED lights and residents and visitors can make a donation in memory of a loved one. Local businesses are also invited to make a donation. The tree is lit until 5th January and donations are welcome at any time before 31st December. The money raised this year will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, junior football and cricket teams in the town and other local charities.

Mayor Martin Pugmire switched on the town lights in Market Square which included the Christmas tree which this year had been sponsored by Café Hope. Mr Pugmire said ‘People enjoyed themselves throughout the afternoon and evening and it was a joy to see. New attractions included the Tree of Light projection on to the Skiddaw Hotel and the ‘Shine’ parade – both worked a treat and attracted many people.’
Keswick Tourism Association officer Linda Furniss added: ‘It is a biggest event we’ve had with both residents and visitors coming along and joining in.

Keswick’s Committed to Rock Choir rounded off the evening with another excellent performance from the main stage.

Published courtesy of The Herald.

1. ‘Festive Fun’ courtesy of KTA.
2. ‘Shine’ courtesy of KTA.
3. ‘Memories’ courtesy of Keswick Reminder.
4. ‘Lumiere’ courtesy of West View Guest House.
5. ‘Lake District Tree of Light’.

Issued 15th November 2013.

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