Drayton & Taverham

Ed Balls to turn on Norwich Christmas lights

Just Regional
Nov 14, 2016 2 mins read

Stepping off the Strictly dance floor and on to the steps of City Hall, former shadow chancellor Ed Balls will turn on the lights at the city’s annual Christmas Switch-on.

Born in Norwich and a lifelong Canaries fan, Ed has recently taken up position as chairman of the football club and was delighted to be invited to take part in the festivities.

“What an honour to turn on the Christmas lights in my home town of Norwich,” he said. “I’m so thrilled to be part of what promises to be a spectacular evening and also get the chance to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on my Strictly journey – I couldn’t have done it without you.”

This year’s switch-on takes place on Thursday, November 17, and includes new projections and illuminations, thanks to a partnership between Norwich City Council and Norwich BID.

The evening’s fun will start at 6pm with entertainment at City Hall. Performances include Mixed Voice, The Garage and a light juggling show.

Santa’s colourful parade will be setting off at 6.15pm from Norwich Cathedral, accompanied by carol singers and wind its way to The Forum, where children will be able to give Santa their Christmas letters and take part in other festive fun.

Back at City Hall, at 7pm, our special guest, Ed Balls, will be switching on the lights throughout the city, followed by stunning projections set to music on Norwich Castle and City Hall.

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