People flocked into Marlow on Thursday evening, 24th November, for the town’s fourth annual Switch on and Shop event, when Mary Berry was the celebrity guest. More than 6,000 people were estimated to have attended, with crowds filling the High Street from top to bottom.
The event celebrates the start of the Christmas season with the switching on of the beautiful Christmas lights display. Mary signed books at Marlow Book Shop at the start of the evening and then met Council members and sponsors of the event at The Chequers pub in the High Street. There were even flurries of snow as machines helped give the event a Christmassy atmosphere, along with carols and songs from the Marlow Choral Society, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School Gospel Choir and the Tapestry Choir.
At 6.30 pm Mary was escorted to the top of the double-decker bus in the High Street, where she was welcomed by Marlow FM’s Tim Ashburner and Town Mayor Cllr Bob Johnson, to huge cheers from the crowds. People hung from first- and second-storey windows along the High Street to wave as she joined in the countdown and pushed the plunger to illuminate the centre of Marlow.
“It’s fantastic - I’ve never seen so many people in the centre of Marlow,” said Mayor Bob Johnson. Mary is a fan of Marlow; she loves coming here to shop and to eat. She certainly did us proud at the Switch On and we’re so grateful to her for making the event extra special this year.”
After the lights went on, Mary did a live interview with BBC London News, who had been in the town earlier in the day talking to retailers about the bridge closure and the news of its imminent opening.