Ross Kemp delights the crowds at Switch on and Shop

Jan Bailey

 

At another triumphant event in Marlow last night (Thursday, 21st November), actor and broadcaster Ross Kemp switched on the town’s beautiful Christmas lights display in central Marlow to roars of delight from a huge crowd of supporters.

“I love living in Marlow,” Ross said. “It has everything - fantastic architecture, a great bridge, brilliant restaurants and bars. It’s a fantastic place to bring up children. But it’s the people who make Marlow what it is. People here are genuine - they mean it when they say good morning, and they mean it when they smile.” He talked about what he called: “The Marlow Smile,” — referring to all the people who smiled at him when he first visited, and finished by quoting the Christmas greetings of Tiny Tim in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Crowds flocked to the event, where ‘snow’ was falling and coffee shops, bars and restaurants were filled with families enjoying the lights display.

Mayor Richard Scott said: “It’s true that the people of Marlow make this a wonderful place to live and work, and we’re proud to be part of such a brilliant community. Many thanks to our sponsors for their support, and to Ross for being a fantastic guest and starting our Christmas season in such style!” 

A record number of sponsors, whose support ensures the lights are possible each year, attended a VIP reception at The Chequers Pub. Two special guests were Debbie Tonkinson and Susie Paterson from Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. They were invited courtesy of Christmas lights sponsor Open Health, a supporter of the charity, which relies on local businesses to help run the service. The two met and chatted to Ross Kemp, who mentioned their charity in his speech. “This is a very special event,” Debbie Tomkinson said. “We’re so delighted to be here, and to meet Ross.”

Another sponsor, Simon Goldthorpe from Beaufort Financial said: “We’re proud to support Switch on and Shop and to help make Marlow’s Christmas lights display possible. The event gets better every year, and we’re delighted to be involved.”

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Photo courtesy of Marlow Camera Club



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