Thornton Heath Festival’s Christmas light event took place as planned on Saturday 21 November 2015.
The event was opened by Acts Christian Church Choir! It sang beautifully, applying well practised harmonies to a range of Christmas carol favorites to bring Christmas cheer to Thornton Heath! Locals quickly got into the festive spirit, with some joining in the carol singing as the Choir got into full swing! It’s just not Christmas without a great choir singing well known and loved carols!!! Thornton Heath owes a debt of thanks to the Acts Christian Church.
Thornton Heath Festival Vice-Chairman, Callton Young OBE wished the gathered Thornton Heath crowd a merry Christmas. He said the Thornton Heath Festival, held in the summer, was the best ever and thanked locals for their support.
Callton explained that funds generated at the Festival had been invested in new lights for the large tree by Thornton Heath’s Clock Tower and on lampposts along the High Street!!!. He saw this as community action at its very best!!!!
Festival Chairman, Tony Rowland welcomed special guest Kimberley SK to the stage. ‘Santa Baby’ Kimberley SK told the gathered crowd that she is a local singer pursuing her dream. She had just come second in ‘Croydon with Talent’ a fiercely contested local competition. Thornton Heath responded with loud cheers for this talented local star!!!!!
Kimberley SK turned on Thornton Heath’s new Christmas lights with a countdown at 5.30pm. A child was heard to call out “that’s the Christmas spirit”!!! That about summed up the event!!! This was Christmas at its best – “thanks to the organisational commitment and determination of the Thornton Heath Festival Management Team!!!” says Callton. He gave special mention to Thornton Heath Ward Councillor, Pat Clouder for her part in this event.
With Thornton Heath’s historic clock tower as her backdrop, Kimberley SK sang her heart out to a diverse audience!!
Drawing from her ever expanding repertoire, she sang a number of songs not least Christmas numbers. Listen to the clip below!! At the end of the performance fans came forward to show their appreciation, some asking for selfies with the Thornton Heath star!!!
The Thornton Heath Festival Management Team, together with Xmas special guest Kimberley SK, wish Thornton Heath a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!