Belfast Telegraph

Festivities to light up Castlereagh

By Rebecca Petticrew

Castlereagh mayor Councillor David Drysdale will officially switch on the Borough's Christmas tree lights on Wednesday, November 27, during a special service at the Council's Civic Centre.

The evening will kick off at 6.30pm with the arrival of the Mayor and his special guests – Santa and his little helpers.

A lone piper will then greet the Mayor before leading Aldermen and Councillors in a traditional parade to the Christmas tree in the civic centre grounds.

DJ Glen Pavis will be stirring up the festive spirit as he entertains the crowd before the Mayor switches on the lights and officially launches the Borough's Christmas celebrations.

Speaking prior to the event,Councillor Drysdale said: "The Borough's Christmas tree lights ceremony is a great opportunity for families to come together to celebrate the start of the festive season and most importantly remember the greatest gift of all, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world in the humblest of surroundings over 2000 years ago.

"I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Borough a happy and trouble free Christmas."

During the service, school choirs from Lisnasharragh Primary School and Brooklands Primary School will sing a host of festive hymns.

There will also be musical accompaniment from the Salvation Army Band alongside prayer and worship from Reverend George Moffett.

Finally a special collection will be made on behalf of the Mayor's Charity, Fields of Life.

The service will be held at the Council Civic Centre at Upper Galwally, opposite Forestside Shopping Centre. For further information, contact Castlereagh Borough Council on 028 9049 4500.

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