Brentford High Street Christmas Lights Switch On

With Bjorn the Polar Bear

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Watermans hosted the annual Brentford High Street Christmas light switch on Friday 26 November in the presence of Bjorn the Polar Bear and his herder, Ursula, who entertained crowds about life in the North Pole and even allowed some children to touch and stroke his fur.

Bjorn and friendsAround two hundred people, were gathered at the main entrance of the venue to hear carols being presented by children from Green Dragon School while Andrew Dakers, Chair of Brentford High Street Steering Group, introduced the evening and hosted the proceedings.

Two winners and one runner up from  the local school, Our Lady’s of St John’s who entered a competition to write a poem or draw picture about Polar bears and the Christmas Lights in Brentford High Street, pressed the plunger and ceremonially switched on the lights to officially open the celebrations.

The winners and runners up were given tickets to see the Watermans Christmas show The Little Red Hen by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company, and a selection of the best work is displayed at Watermans until 23 December.

The celebrations continued with mince piece and mulled wine (soft drinks for the children) and other delicious nibbles throughout the evening, whilst Bjorn went walkabout. Local dignitaries in attendance included Cllr. Ruth Cadbury; Julia Quilliam, Brentford High Street Steering Group and Jan Lennox, Director, Watermans.

December 7, 2010

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