insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 169

NEWS ORPINGTON LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ENJOYED ANOTHER FANTASTIC FESTIVE EVENT IN ORPINGTON TOWN CENTRE IN NOVEMBER, AS THE HIGH STREET WAS ILLUMINATED WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, GOOD CHEER AND A SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY. 'Light Up Orpington', funded by Orpington 1st, the town centre's business community, has grown to be a key date in the events calendar. Orpington 1st executive director, Sharon Baldwin, said: "It's wonderful to see a great number of our businesses getting involved on the night, and to see so many families enjoying themselves. This year has seen the largest crowd yet." As well as performances from local theatre schools, circus performers, rising star and Orpingtonian Harrison J Bodnar, and a barnstorming set by Gwen and the Good Thing, the audience were treated to some festive singing from a Mariachi band. LSEC principal, Sam Parrett OBE, tweeted: "Congratulations on another great ‘Light Up Orpington’ event, the town centre was buzzing." Posting on Facebook, Orpington resident, Tommy, said: "Kids had a great time and we managed to discover some great new businesses along the highstreet...it was great to see the overwhelmingly positive community of Orpington." The night was capped off with the eagerly anticipated firework display which wowed the crowds. Petts Wood resident Laura commented: "They were the best fireworks I've seen in a long time. Absolutely brilliant.” Orpington 1st BID manager, Chris Travers, said: "Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to a fantastic atmosphere, and a big thank you to all our businesses." For more info visit www.orpington1st.co.uk The Walnuts Shopping Centre's free Santa's Grotto proved extremely popular, with hundreds of children taking the opportunity to meet the great man, all of whom received a free gift. 169