Waybuloo switch on Kingfisher Centre's Christmas lights

By Ian Dipple Friday 16 November 2012 Updated: 19/11 16:54

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Buy photos » Heart FM presenter Rachel New turns on the Kingfisher Centre's lights with the help of De Li and Yojojo from the Waybuloo. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

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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Buy photos» Redditch MP Karen Lumley is quizzed in the Big Town Showdown. Picture by Ian Dipple (s)

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Buy photos» There will be no presents for Coun Joe Baker after he failed the test on the Goodometer. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

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Buy photos» The Christmas lights switch-on. (s)

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Buy photos» De Li and Yojojo from Waybuloo were the star attraction. (s)

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Buy photos» The dame in this year's Palace Panto Sleeping Beauty, took to the stage. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

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Buy photos» Ed James and Rachel New, presenters of Heart FM helped entertain the crowd. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

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Buy photos» The Indigo Arts Choir performed on stage. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

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