EXCLUSIVE: Famous astrologer the star at lights switch on

Press launch for the forthcoming panto Peter Pan at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre - pictured is star of the panto Russell Grant
Press launch for the forthcoming panto Peter Pan at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre - pictured is star of the panto Russell Grant
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This year’s Christmas lights switch on will be written in the stars, with celebrity astrologer Russell Grant heading up the festive event.

His appearance in Thame on Friday, November 30 is a real coup for the town as the Strictly Come Dancing favourite is starring in this year’s Aylesbury pantomime but is only coming to the lights switch on in Thame and Oxford.

Clerk at the town council Helen Stewart said: “The town is absolutely delighted to be having Russell Grant to its Christmas lights event.

“This event is growing in popularity every year and we hope that having Russell here will encourage even more people into the town.”

Late Bee Gee Robin Gibb’s widow Dwina will also be attending the event with the town mayor Nigel Champken-Woods.

The family fun event, which will run in the town centre from 3.30-7.30pm, will host a variety of attractions.

These will include a ‘rodeo reindeer’, a simulated snowboard and a mobile skateboard ramp, where skaters from the park in town will be showing off their tricks to 
the public.

There will also be a variety of stalls serving refreshments and cupcakes and a range of craft stalls.

Oxford Stagecoach, Thame Concert Band and the town’s Chamber Choir will also be performing at the event as well as Little Bill’s Big Band, made up of students from Lord Williams School.

Mrs Stewart added: “This year’s theme for the switch on is Rocking Around the Christmas Tree – hopefully Russell will be able to add to that, having been on Strictly Come Dancing!

“Each year we prepare for around 1,000 people to turn up. It really is a great event, it doesn’t matter if it rains or not – it will still be great fun.

“I also hope it will mark the beginning of a successful period for our businesses in Thame.”

The Air Cadets will also be on hand helping out at the event and Rev Ian Mountford will be giving the blessing.

Upper High Street in the town will be closed for the event.