Maidenhead Christmas Lights – 26th November 2011
Tonight once again marked the occasion of Maidenhead’s Christmas Lights being switched on outside the Town Hall.
As in previous years, we made our way into town, this time choosing to refuel at McDonalds before heading up to St Ives Road for the festivities.
By the time we had negotiated the various stalls set up in the road it was already past 5pm and local band Riser were already in full swing, playing the first part of their set.
Holly particularly enjoyed dancing along to such classics as Place your hands – Reef, Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol, and even Emily was clapping along! There were also a couple of Christmas numbers thrown in, with Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens and a final offering of Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty McColl.
Overall, Riser were very good. Their speakers certainly worked well!
Following the band, there were the usual announcements about the upcoming Christmas performance at Norden Farm and corny jokes before we finally reached the time for the big Switch-On.
This year, due to inclement winds, the fireworks were launched from the roof of St Ives House, just across the road from the Town Hall. This arrangement seemed to work very well and the fireworks were certainly the highlight of the evening.
After they were over, we had a wander up the High Street and into the Nicholsons Centre to investigate their lights and Christmas tree, before heading home.