Children’s time to light up town

Kylie Pentelow - presenter and reporter for BBC East Midlands Today
Kylie Pentelow - presenter and reporter for BBC East Midlands Today

Matlock is gearing up for a top festive celebration – and two lucky youngsters are being given the chance to help light up the town.

The organisers of the town’s Victorian weekend have joined forces with the Mercury to search for two children who will perform starring roles in this year’s event.

The chosen two will help East Midlands Today presenter Kylie Pentelow press the button on Saturday, December 3 at 4.45pm.

To be in with a chance of taking part we want you to send us a letter telling us why you want to be involved and what you are looking forward to seeing at the event this year.

The winners will ride in the coach along with Kylie and Farther Christmas as part of the seasonal procession which this year is to be led by the Derby Midshipmen Carnival Show Band.

The three-day Christmas weekend will be held from Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4.

Organisers are delighted to announce for the first time that they we will be hosting a new local produce market as part of the event.

Popular local producers who can usually be found at the farmers market on the third Saturday of each month in the Imperial Rooms have been invited and will be venturing outside to open all weekend on the Tennis Court.

An exciting new addition to the entertainment programme will be the guest appearance on Sunday of the Super Hero “Stormtroopers” who will join the weekend entertainment team including juggler and fire eater Phil Balckmore, Chester the Clown and Zios and Mimbo the ever popular Robotic entertainers.

East Midlands Trains are also co-operating with the event this year and will be running an hourly train service from Nottingham and Derby and all stations on the line on Friday and Saturday and every two hours on Sunday.

Chairman of the organising committee councillor Geoff Stevens said: “This years event will bring to an end the Hall Leys Park Centenary Celebrations and will conclude with the ever popular Christmas firework spectacular on Sunday, December 4.”

The competition to win the honour of switching on the lights is open to children aged 12 and under.

You need to send your entry to Lights Switch on Honour, Matlock Mercury, 4 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE4 3AS or email with the subject Lights Switch On by Thursday November 17.

You need to include your name, address, daytime telephone number and age.

The winners will be picked by the Mercury Editor Amanda Hatfield and Mr Stevens and will be announced in the paper the following week.

Normal Mercury competition rules apply and the editor’s decision will be final.