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Ilfracombe Lighting of the Lights 2011

By Ilf_Peeps  |  Posted: November 15, 2011

Ilfracombe Lighting of the Lights 2011 is on Wednesday November 30th at 7pm.

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Ilfracombe's favourite festive evening The Lighting of the Lights will take place this year on Wednesday November 30th.

The future of the ever popular event organised by Ilfracombe High Street Traders came under threat last year, when the traditional celebrations were nearly cancelled due to a lack of funding. But thanks to the support and donations of the public and the fundraising skills of the High Street Traders, the 15th anniversary of Ilfracombe Lighting of the Lights went ahead as planned.

This year, the High street will once again be all aglow with a lantern-lit procession led by the Town Crier walking down to the War Memorial ready for the big switch-on from 7pm.
Get in to the Christmassy community spirit and join the crowds at the War Memorial to see which celeb is lucky enough to have the privilege of turning on Ilfracombe's Christmas Lights this year! Famous faces from past years include Todd Carty from Eastenders and Hopps & Chapel from Heart FM. Bill Bailey did the honours back in 2006 and gave the North Devon Gazette his opinion on the festivities "This is fantastic, what a great street party, it actually makes you feel a real surge of pride for being British when you see things like this. I've done something similar in Ealing, but nothing on this scale - there is a really great spirit down here and a sense of community."

After the illuminations hit the High Street where you can enjoy the festive atmosphere, with Christmassy window displays and lights, street entertainers and stalls, late night shopping and of course a visit to Santa for the kids. In a discussion on Ilfracombepeople pigglet77 describes the appeal of the event "I always have a great night at the lighting of the lights it really gets you in to the christmassy spirit. There's always a big turnout and a good atmosphere. After watching the parade, switch-on and fireworks you can do late-night shopping at the shops and stalls and there are street performers etc and a burger from outside Turton's butchers is a must!" 

So make sure you don't miss it! And don't forget to add any of your pictures of the night to Ilfracombe People's photo galleries. To see pictures of the Lighting of the Lights 2010 click here.


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  • skareggae72  |  December 04 2011, 7:07PM

    I completely agree with you about Clarkson,he sucks up to his pal (yes he is best friends with Cameron),they are both cut from the same cloth. Much to Clarksons despair,there is no such thing as a `private ambulance` in this country,so if Clarkson needs assistance,he has to ring the same number as all of us,and wait like we all have to,although,if there was a delay in Clarkson getting help it would be understandable..........

  • ROOMATTHETOP  |  December 04 2011, 4:24PM

    I agree completely about Roy Goodwin being a first-class ambassador for the town. As for Clarkson - what an oaf. He's a talentless, boorish gob who cannot play the piano, sing, dance, act or entertain, unless it's a bunch of fawning drunks. He is the motoring correspondent of the Sunday Times and that's all he can do: talk about engines, most of which are all the same. What's he for, this prat with a paunch? A complete coward, who wouldn't have the courage to go up to a worn out nurse or an ambulance driver coming out Barnstaple Hospital at 7am and tell her that she should be executed in front of her family. It was the public sector that cleared the accident on the M5 a couple of weeks ago. Where was Clarkson, who is usually demanding a 100 mph autobahn-style speed limit as he tips lager down his stupid throat? Probably boring the locals to death in his local pub. By the way, they've just opened up a massive waste site a few hundred yards from Clarkson's home, in spite of his long campaign. Perhaps his remarks were informed by his resentment of those dealing with the garbage he leaves behind. Rant over.

  • skareggae72  |  December 04 2011, 10:36AM

    Didnt see it,it clashed with the live football on itv4,but i guess our eco-friendly Roy Goodwin(saves on electricity,his voice is SO LOUD-he doesnt need a microphone),a bit like...er....?,Clarkson,although `our Roy` doesnt need to be offensive to get our attention :-)

  • Sue200  |  December 04 2011, 9:32AM

    Just to say, I thought the Lighting of the Lights was brilliant this year. Wonderful atmosphere and a true coming together of the community. Roy Goodwin was a perfect choice to turn the lights on. I would rather the money collected for this event was used for the lights and trees rather than a chunk of it paid to some Z list 'celeb' who has nothing to do with the town. Well done, Roy a worthy light turn-er-ona!!! We are lucky to have such a wonderful ambassador for Ilfracombe.

  • ROOMATTHETOP  |  December 01 2011, 11:58AM

    I went to a talk given by Roy Goodwin. He was very entertaining and related his visit to Ilfracombe in Australia where he was treated like royalty and made to feel very welcome. Unlike the visitor from that same very small town in the outback when they came here to Ilfracombe UK. The fuss that was made of him was underwhelming, and I don't think Roy was impressed.

  • sailorgirl99  |  December 01 2011, 9:29AM

    I think legend was meant as tongue in cheek ilfjo. Well done to all the people who made the effort to turn up on the night to support our town and who took the 'celeb' switch-on with good humour. The atmosphere was great and I really enjoyed it, despite the miserable weather the organisers and everyone who took part put on a fantastic night-thanks!

  • ilfjo  |  November 30 2011, 11:24PM

    "legend" what happened to "We are in the process of talking to some famous faces about switching on the lights but we can't reveal any names yet. It will all be very last minute."????? Words really do fail me

  • Adelle_B  |  November 30 2011, 9:07PM

    Local legend Roy Goodwin Ilfracombe's Town Crier did the honours in the end ilfjo!

  • ilfjo  |  November 30 2011, 7:49PM

    Come on then what "celebrity" was this years big surprise? Pedlar in a red Santa suit?

  • pigglet77  |  November 30 2011, 3:31PM

    I heard Santa Claus is coming to combe....