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By Ian Dipple Friday 16 November 2012 Updated: 19/11 16:54
THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas got underway in earnest on Thursday (November 15) as characters from hit children's television show Waybuloo turned on the Kingfisher Shopping Centre's Christmas Lights.
Before the switch on Heart FM breakfast presenters Ed James and Rachel New entertained the crowds, with residents, including borough councillor Gay Hopkins, involved in a unique version of the 12 Days of Christmas using everyday objects.
There was also a performance from the Indigo Arts Choir and a special appearance from the dame in this year's Palace Panto.
Redditch MP Karen Lumley also took on the challenge of the Big Town Showdown and bettered last year's performance scoring nine out of ten in 39.1 seconds, putting her eighth on the leaderboard. Although she needs to brush up on her knowledge of children's television after saying Sooty was black.
There was also a chance for people to test themselves on the goodometer to see if they will be getting a visit from Santa this year and Father Christmas himself was in his grotto to take present requests from excited youngsters. There was also the chance to get inside a snow globe.
The lights in Redditch Town Centre will be switched on at 5pm on Saturday, November 24 with entertainment from 3pm.
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