Loughborough gets into festive spirit with Christmas lights switch-on

Published: Sun 20th November, 2022

  • Light up Loughborough competition winners Katie and Emelia Corns switching on Loughborough's Christmas lights with the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson.

Loughborough’s Christmas lights were switched on in front of thousands of people during a day of festive fun on Sunday November 20.

The event in the town centre, organised by Charnwood Borough Council, saw a huge variety of children’s fairground rides, musical performances, food and drink stalls and market stalls.

The Christmas lights were switched on by Light up Loughborough winners, Katie and Emelia Corns.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough, said: “It was great to see people come to the centre of Loughborough to get into the Christmas spirit.

“It was a brilliant day featuring lots of entertainment from talented local performers plus stalls selling festive goods.

“Our Light up Loughborough winners, Katie and Emelia, had an amazing time today turning the lights on in Loughborough. That is certainly a lasting memory for them and their family.

“Thank you also to everyone who attended. The countdown to Christmas starts now!”

Local radio station, Fosse 107 hosted the main stage at this year’s lights switch-on.

The entertainment began on the stage with Sing It Happy and included acts such as Sarah Clarke and Bright Lights Theatre School.

The Loughborough Town Hall pantomime cast took to the stage ahead of the lights being switched-on.

Katie and Emelia Corns were chosen to Light up Loughborough after judges heard their story about being born with a type of short limbed dwarfism called achondroplasia.

The nine-year-old twins do not let that hold them back though as they raised over £1,000 for the Dwarf Sports Association by taking on a sponsored swim and take part in the National Dwarf Games in Birmingham each year.

Katie Corns, said: “It was amazing to be up on stage in front of all those people and turn on the Christmas lights!

Her sister, Emelia said: “I always love seeing the lights so to be able to switch them on was so good!”

To find out more about our Light up Loughborough winners, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/lightupwinner.

The Sock Gallery in Loughborough Town Hall hosted a Christmas & Arts Craft Fair throughout the day which was free to visit.

You can see all the Council’s coverage of the Christmas lights switch-on by searching the hashtag #LboroLights22 on Twitter @CharnwoodBC or by viewing the Facebook page.