4:21pm Thursday 3rd May 2012
By Andrea Glennon
THE Fabulous Baker Brothers will switch on the town’s Christmas lights on Novermber 30.
The brothers will carry out the big switch on at 5pm and stay behind for a book signing at Octavia’s Book Shop on Black Jack Street from 4pm to 5pm.
From November 30 through December 16, Cirencester will be the destination for families to spend the lead up to Christmas.
The Mayor of Cirencester, Cllr Andrew Lichnowski, said: "The idea of having an ice skating rink came from various children and young people in Cirencester; we listened, and the Town Council is delighted to be providing the facility as part of this year’s Christmas in Cirencester event."
The town will be transformed with festive activities.
The Christmas Market with their beautifully adorned wooden chalets, selling hand crafted clothes, gifts and toys, together with festive food and drink will lead from Cirencester’s Market Place to the ice rink.
Cirencester Town Council advised that after visiting and talking to schools and youth groups in Cirencester about improving their town, there was a huge interest expressed in winter activities which they rarely had the chance to participate in.
The council said that with the nearest available rinks in Swindon and Bristol, skating is something that is a real treat and also something that would be a brilliant facility for a short time over the Christmas season.
Council officers hoped the rink would deliver a youth service that is currently poor in Gloucestershire, and will enable the young people of Cirencester to get out and enjoy the town.
The market will be open daily from 10am to 6pm (closing times may vary) and the ice rink will be open from 12pm to 8pm daily.
The ever popular lantern procession is on Saturday, December 8 at 5pm.
The Charter Market and Farmers’ Market will continue to trade on their usual days.
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