IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Erewash – where Take That fans will be flocking to one of the looming festive lights switch-ons.
The council was unable to arrange for the real Gary Barlow to perform with his crew so has lined up the next best thing . . . one of the UK’s top tribute acts.
The band Take@That will raise the curtain on the festive season by belting out hits such as Shine and Could It Be Magic in Long Eaton.
Mayor of Erewash Councillor Frank Phillips will flick the switch there on Thursday 23 November before doing the same next day in Ilkeston (Friday 24 November).
Both events are free – and Ilkeston’s will be a rock ‘n roll extravaganza starring leading crooner Alan Beck.
The switch-ons in the centre of both towns kick-off at 5.30pm and attractions include funfairs, charity markets and food stalls.
There will also be appearances by an extra-special VIP guest – none other than SANTA himself.
The events will feature the Silver Prize Band and Ilkeston Brass Band, plus fancy footwork from the Fesa Says Dance school.
In Ilkeston, more craft stalls will be open at the Erewash Museum. The council’s deputy leader Becca Everett, who is Lead Member for Community Engagement, said:
“The Christmas lights switch-ons are fun for all the family and we know they are hugely popular with townsfolk in Ilkeston and Long Eaton.
“Thanks to all the music ringing out at this year’s ceremonies they both promise to be truly magical.”