Thousands gather in Stourbridge for lights switch-on

By Thomas Parkes | Stourbridge | Dudley entertainment | Published:

Thousands of people braved the cold to see Christmas lights switched on in Stourbridge.

Minions with competition winner Ashley Knott, aged five.

Crowds gathered in the town centre for the day-long event which saw music, Minions from Despicable Me, and markets highlighted.

Fairground rides and a land train formed part of the festive celebrations which spanned the length of the High Street.

Stourbridge Dance Academy, Got 2 Sing Choir, Show Call Academy of Performing Arts, Centre Stage Dance Academy, Saxual Emotion and V4 all performed.

Soloists Issy Winstabley, Holly-Mayy, Eliza May and Emma Pryce also entertained.

Black Country Radio played festive tunes on the stage by the Ryemarket throughout the day – with Santa at home nearby in his grotto.

BBC WM presenter Caroline Martin turned on the lights – with the help of the Minions and competition winner Ashley Knott, aged five.

Mayor of Dudley Councillor David Stanley said: "This was a really enjoyable event. The Christmas market added such a festive air to the town and it was lovely to see the children’s faces whenever they saw the Minions.

"We were really lucky to have such a talented range of performers who helped to make the day so special and I hope that it will encourage people to shop locally and enjoy all that Stourbridge has to offer.

"There will also be community-led light switch on events in the borough during November and December."

For more information on Christmas events in Dudley people can visit

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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