Crowds flock to ‘best show’ as Christmas Festival lights up the town

Crowds flock to 'best show' as Christmas Festival lights up the town

There was an extra hour of live stage performances on the final day of the free three-day extravaganza, which
ran from November 18-20.

It culminated on Sunday evening with the Mayor Jill Anderson turning on the Christmas lights.

This was followed by a stunning firework display on Castle Lawn.

The High Street was packed with stalls and pedestrians, pantomime performers and fairground attractions as the road was closed to traffic throughout the day.

The town’s Rotary Club has been staging the event for the past eight years in collaboration with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. Rotray Past President and Chairman of the Festival Committee Brian Piner said:

“They told us last year that the Festival could not get any better, but the Tonbridge Rotary Club just did.

“There was an increase in the number of stalls in the High Street and the crowds even bettered Rotary’s expectations with an estimated 12,000, a record attendance
joining in the festivities.”

He added: “With the number of positive remarks we received, it really added to the eight months of preparation to organise such a successful day.

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