A star-studded evening is ahead for Dunstable’s annual outdoor carols and town tree lights switch-on this Friday, December 6.
Dunstable mayor Councillor John Chatterley will be joined by cast members from Grove Theatre panto Dick Whittington for the big moment.
The VIP visitors are expected to include Leslie Grantham, famed as Dirty Den in EastEnders, and Ryan Moloney, aka Toadfish from TV’s Neighbours.
It’s hoped there will be a special extra guest at the concert – Santa Claus.
The event begins around 7pm, with a torchlight procession of massed choirs. They will make their way from the Priory Church, through Priory Gardens and across High Street South to The Square.
The Square is the venue for the town outdoor carol concert, which begins soon after the choristers arrive.
And the tree lights switch-on will be around 7.45pm.
Dick Whittington will be staged at the theatre from December 13-January 5.
All sorts of other festive fun is lined up for the town.
> Today, Wednesday, December 4, 12noon-2pm: Ashton Middle School’s band will entertain shoppers in The Quadrant shopping centre.
> Saturday, December 7, 9.30am-1pm: Dunstable Salvation Army Band will be performing in The Quadrant.
Also on Saturday, December 7, 11am-3pm, there will be a free Christmas craft workshop in The Quadrant, and a chance to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
> Wednesday, December 11, from 12noon-2pm: Queensbury Academy’s band will play in The Quadrant.
> Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm: Christmas Cracker event at Priory House, High Street South, with children’s crafts, performances from the Priory Girls’ Choir and a visit from Santa.
Also on Saturday, December 14, 10am-3pm, there will be Christmas wrapping, music and entertainment from Dunstable Community Church in The Quadrant.
A “gliding reindeer” with an elf rider will be in Dunstable Market from 11am-3pm that Saturday.
> Saturday, December 21, 9.30am-1pm: Dunstable Salvation Army Band will perform in Dunstable Market. Jukebox Jenny, a “human musical jukebox”, will be in The Quadrant from 11am-3pm that day.
Priory House is holding Tea With Santa events, from 2pm that day and also on Monday, December 23.
> Monday, December 23, 11am-3pm: Santa’s Grotto in The Quadrant.
> Tuesday, Christmas Eve, 9.30am-12noon: Dunstable Salvation Army Band will perform in The Quadrant.
> See more details on Dunstable Town Council’s website, www.dunstable.gov.uk.