Richmond was in a festive mood for an online event culminating in a spectacular Christmas lights switch-on around the town.

Livestreamed on YouTube, the event featured seasonal community entertainment from local performers including former Strictly Come Dancing professional, Andrew Cuerden, Richmond Music Trust Jazz Band, St Richard’s Primary School, Ibstock Place School and the Richmond Corporate Choir.

During the webcast, Santa gave live ‘shout outs’ to local children.

The Switch On Ceremony was performed by lockdown hero, Nick Botting of the Angel and Crown in Church Walk.

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Santa read live Shout Outs to children

As the RTT reported previously, Nick and his team have gone all out this year amid the pandemic to provide vital food and support to Richmond’s homeless community.

The Mayor, councillor Geoff Acton gave a seasonal message to viewers.

Viewers were able to enjoy the entertainment and watch the lights go on all around the town from the comfort of their own homes.

The Christmas lights and the online event were all funded by Richmond town centre businesses which are part of Be Richmond.

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Nick Botting turns on the lights

Ellen Amorina Storrar, Be Richmond Manager commented:

“The safety of our local residents is of paramount importance, so, like many other towns, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our hugely popular ‘live’ Lights Switch On event.

“But we were determined to recreate the spirit of the event in an online format. It wasn’t easy though. During planning, we went from tier one to tier two and then into lockdown.

“We therefore had to constantly adapt the format to comply with new regulations. However, we were delighted with the support we received from the community and thrilled with the outcome.

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“The event showcased Richmond as a beautiful town with a superb retail and hospitality offer. We hope that residents and visitors will support our businesses in a safe and responsible way.”