September 30th, 2016

The countdown to Christmas has begun

Updated: 5:04 pm, May 07, 2015

THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas began in Shirley as townsfolk turned out for the annual lights switch-on.

Carol singing was led by the talented youngsters from Haslucks Green Junior School before Father Christmas and the local traders who make the lights possible switched on the lights.

Observer photographer Jon Mullis was on-hand to capture these images of the evening.

Below right – Sophie Lees and Ken Barker from Shirley Lions collecting for next year’s event. 48.014.002.sol.jm8

The Shirley Town Team – Sandra Grite from ASDA, Gill Phipps from Early Years, Andy Powers from Martin & Co, Indra Collins, manager at Nandos and Bobbie Thomas from Shiley Library turn on this year’s lights. 48.014.002.sol.jm5

Super tall fairy Vonnie Knight with little Emily Malone and Solihull Mayor Kate Wild. 48.014.002.sol.jm4

Children from Haslucks Green Junior School get the festivities under way with some carol singing. 48.014.002.sol.jm1

Right – It’s all about the children… Iggle Piggle, the Nandos mascot Barci the chicken and a stiltwalking fairy all made for a fun lights switch on in Shirley. 48.014.002.sol.jm10

A festive photo for this proud mum… 48.014.002.sol.jm2

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