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Kaiser Chiefs singer performs switch-on duties to launch village festive season

15 November, 2019 — By Tom Foot

A large crowd turned out for switch-on night in Marylebone. Photos: Dave Parry

KAISER Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson got Marylebone in the festive spirit as he switched on the Christmas lights.

The rock star pushed the button in front of a large crowd at around 6pm on Wednesday.

Despite the cold and rain, large crowds enjoyed shopping stalls, food and drink, a Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides including a ferris wheel, a tombola and live music.

The annual event raises funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust which helps support sick children.

Ricky Wilson hit the button to light up the village

Mr Wilson said: “I’ve seen how the work that the Teenage Cancer Trust charity does changes lives – and I’m genuinely thrilled that they’ve been chosen to benefit from the Marylebone Christmas lights switch-on.”

Shoppers can get discounts of up to 20 per cent from participating local stores throughout the Christmas period and there will be workshops, talks and classes taking place.

Marylebone Village is run by The Howard de Walden Estate which organises, funds and hosts the annual lights switch-on event.

Ricky Wilson switches on the Marylebone Village Christmas lights on Marylebone High Street in aid of cancer care and support charity, Teenage Cancer Trust. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 13, 2019. During the launch guests will get access to discounts, shopping stalls, food and drink, a Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides, tombola and live music. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

Andrew Hynard, its chief executive, said: “Our Christmas lights switch-on draws together the Marylebone village community and customers alike for an evening of entertainment, experiences and more.

“We are delighted to be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust at the event for the second year running.”

Liz Tait, the Teenage Cancer Trust’s director of fundraising, said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust team won’t let cancer cancel Christmas this year. We are extremely grateful for Marylebone village and the Howard de Walden Estate’s ongoing support.”


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