A fantastic turnout for this year’s Switch on and Shop
Marlow’s High Street was filled from end to end again this year for 2017’s Switch on and Shop, with Russell Brand, the comedian, writer, actor and presenter doing the honours to switch on the town’s beautiful lights display. Families flocked to the town centre to enjoy the snow, the carol singing, the Christmas displays and the ceremony from the top of a double-decker bus outside the Chequers pub.
The crowd was delighted by Russell’s very funny speech. He said “I am thrilled to be here and I’m really, really excited and honoured. I know it was a controversial decision but I live here and I love it here. For a moment I thought I was going to be as popular as the lorry driver who broke the bridge! Every time I come across the bridge to Marlow, I feel like I’m coming back home. I really love it here.”
He mentioned many local businesses and restaurants, in particular Tom Kerridge. He said Tom was an original, innovative person who has made him feel very welcome in Marlow.
Alluding to reports in national newspapers, he went on to say “Obviously I wouldn’t accept money to do something like this. I am doing this because like you, I’m proud to be part of this community.” To hear his speech in full visit My Marlow Facebook page.
Russell then pushed the plunger, assisted by Mayor Jocelyn Towns, lighting up the beautiful Christmas lights and Christmas tree in the High Street.
Following the switch on and much to the delight of his fans, Russell spent quite some time talking to them and having selfies taken.
“Russell did us proud,” Mayor Jocelyn Towns said. “It was delightful to see him and his family enjoying such a great welcome from the people of Marlow, and his words about Marlow were heartwarming as well as very funny. We’re thrilled that he enjoys being part of this great community.”
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