Another Big Switch On is drawing upon us as the streets of Ely close to start Christmas in what has been promised to be bigger than ever!
This year the switch on will be 25th November with the return of the Living Nativity, members of “Churches Together in Ely” will be bringing the story of Jesus’ birth.
In 2009, the “Joseph’s Amazing Camels” came through streets and this is set to happen yet again in 2016. Johanna Partridge, secretary for Churches Together in Ely said, “There will be young and old alike who did not see the camels and donkey back then as we want to recreate the Christmas Story for them on 25th November at Ely’s special Christmas event to celebrate the real reason of Christmas”.
The Living Nativity will parade from Cross Green beside the Cathedral and performances will take place on the main stage in the Market Place 3.45, 4.40 and 5.40pm.
Not all acts are yet announced but other musical and entertaining groups will be on the stage throughout the late afternoon – early evening extravaganza, however you can once again see KD Theatre who are producing Aladdin pantomime in The Maltings in December and January and Sing! Choirs Ely will be on stage during the final performance of the evening.
Kathryn said, “Sing! Choirs are delighted that we were asked to sing as part of Ely Living Nativity during the Big Switch On celebrations in Ely. We are looking forward to singing at such an exciting and busy event, as well as being joined by members of GO Sing!, our choir for young people, for our performance. We are singing outside the Cathedral at 5.45pm and look forward to seeing you all there!”
The event starts at 3pm however Ely will have road closures from 5.30am on that day. The day is also dedicated to the late Nigel Clarke who gave many years volunteering for the benefit of Ely.
Ian Newstead, Event Manager said, “The Switch On Group are still looking for a sponsors for the main event and if you are interested then please do get in touch”. Mr Newstead can be contacted by calling 07902015598.
But the Big Switch On this year is not just based in the Market Square. Forehill businesses are getting together to provide even more entertainment including music from Jacen Bruce, the 363 Motorcycle Club will be offering rides on their bikes and Soham Fenlanders putting on a majorette show. The Police, Fire and Environment Agency will be bringing their vehicles for children to sit in and explore.
Forehill will also have elves wondering around the City giving away free goodie bags and they promise they have more news to come.