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The Big Switch On 2016!

Village News Posted by jordan keogh on 11 November 2016 Return to News & Events

 The arrival of a huge 55ft Christmas Tree in The Mall Gardens earlier this month caused quite a stir. The biggest community tree in the country was soon adorned with gifts and baubles and Wednesday 9th November marked the first Christmas switch on in Bristol.


Huge crowds gathered to see ninety-six-year-old Dorothy Kear ‘the Duchess of Clifton’ press the big red button and switch on the Christmas tree lights.  Dorothy was born in Mortimer House and has lived in Clifton all her life. Her father ran the Royal Oak where she used to serve the GI’s stationed at Clifton College during the war and she went onto marry local man Dennis Kear. The perfect celebrity for the night I am sure you will agree.

 This year,  BID Clifton Village chose to support the charity Penny Brohn UK.
Thanks to the generosity of everyone in the village an impressive £710 was collected on the night. Penny Brohn UK relies heavily on donations to reach as many people as possible and so this support was extremely gratefully received.


Clifton Village was also delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Bristol Jeff Lovell and after some beautiful carol singing, courtesy of the Christ Church Choir, the tree was blessed by Rev Paul Langham. It was a truly magical evening enjoyed by many families and marked the start of Christmas perfectly.

The tree will now be fully illuminated until January and in the next couple of weeks the streets of Clifton Village will start to twinkle with the lights of lots of mini Christmas trees. Festive windows are everywhere you look and the coverage in the Bristol Evening Post and on Made in Bristol is sure to attract Christmas shoppers and revellers to Clifton Village from across the city.

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