Thamensian: ‘By the time you read this, it will surely be raining’

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I sincerely hope I am wrong in my forecast.

BY the time you get to read this it will be raining.

I am not basing this on any long range forecast, any cow-lying down-shepherd’s-delight mumbo jumbo or indeed anything like reality.

I am basing this purely on the fact that Thame Christmas lights are being turned on tonight.

I sincerely hope I am wrong in my forecast and that is a crisp winter’s evening where the huddled masses, wrapped in their warmest coats, can sing carols long into the night around the magnificently lit tree.

However, from past experience I seem to have spent more time huddled under the roof of Henry’s Hog Roast tent with relentless rain drip, drip damned well dripping down my neck. It always rains. A lot.

However, we the people of Thame don’t let a little precipitation ruin a night out and will be there whatever the weather (Could someone let me know if the lady from last year plans to sing again this time please? I will need to make sure the pets are safely inside).

Assorted children (my own, I don’t just borrow them) have sung at this event over the years, gamely belting out carols in their Barley Hill uniform while St Joseph’s and John Hampden pupils jostle for position at the back of the stage. There is rarely a dry eye (or, in my case, neck) in the house.

This year we apparently have Jean Slater from Eastenders doing the honours which will be nice for those who watch it.

And of course Jonny Wilkes who must be heartily sick of being known as Robbie Williams’s best mate by now, will be joining the fun. Let him entertain you.

I would like to welcome the French Market to town for the event (Bonjour Monsieurs and Madames. le plume de ma tante est sur la table de mon oncle), and offer a warm welcome to the good people bringing in the ice rink for the night.

Having ripped the micky out of the event in the previous 300 words can I just redress that by saying that the annual Christmas light turn-on is a great event.

I love a bit of Christmas and having this event certainly marks the start of a busy festive period for Thame.

It has been a year in which the town has gone from strength to strength and I think will be another lovely night. Well done to those involved in organising it.

Having established this as a great annual event for the family I now suggest that we need to make changes. Surely it can’t continue as a one-day event in midweek loved by all?

Let’s move it to a Saturday in July. Surely that makes sense. Plus of course it won’t clash with the Olympics ...