Dark Knight to light up Chesterfield

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BATMAN will join the Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Peter Barr for the annual Christmas lights switch-on in Chesterfield on Sunday, November 20.

The annual event, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, is a firm favourite with old and young with thousands turning up to enjoy the day’s entertainment.

Highlights will include the Pantonic All Stars Steel Band who will play their rousing music in Burlington Street, train rides in the town centre and Vicar Lane on Lenny the Land Train, fun fair rides and of course Father Christmas who will arrive at the Co-op at 12pm.

The Christmas market will be open for business with many bargains to be found.

Sean and Becky from Peak FM will warm up the crowd from 4pm to 5pm in New Square and Batman will be on walkabout during the day for photographs and autographs.

The switch-on takes place at 5pm in New Square and the Mayor and Batman will be joined on stage by local ladies Choir DaleDiva, The Buddies, Father Christmas and characters from the Pomegranate’s Panto ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’.

Rock and Roll band, The Buddies, will also be singing Christmas songs on stage.

A large screen will be located outside Marks and Spencer to make sure nobody misses out on the festive fun.

Cllr John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “We always have a big turnout for the Christmas lights switch-on so we’re looking forward to another successful event.

“It’s always a good start to what we hope will be a prosperous time for our local shops and markets as people prepare for Christmas.”

Late night shopping starts from Thursday 24 November and will continue every Thursday until 15 December.

Shops will also open everyday in the evening from 19 to 23 December.

There will be free parking after 4pm in all council car parks on all late night shopping dates.