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One Maidstone rescues Christmas light switch-on with secret film

Friday 30th October 2020

BUSINESS support group One Maidstone is secretly filming a Christmas lights "switch on" video to herald the start of the festive shopping season.
Restricted by COVID-19 rules, the tradtional town centre illuminations launch has had to be cancelled this year.
So the organisation decided to replace it with the One Maidstone Secret Switch On film.
It will be a pre-recorded and socially distanced concert film, available to watch for free online from Thursday, November 19, the evening the lights switch on event would have taken place.
Performances from local singers and dancers are being filmed in high profile venues around the town centre, out of hours and without an audience, to create an evening of entertainment.


Pictured here are festive favourites The Christmas Fairy, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella performing for One Maidstone .
Town centre businesses will be represented with segments about their own Christmas plans and window displays, and festive messages from traders, and local charities.
The One Maidstone Business Improvement District (BID) took over the Christmas lights after Maidstone Borough Council was cancelled the event in 2018. The reinstated switch-on in Jubilee Square was attended by an estimated 5,000 people.