The Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron braved the cold and rain on Saturday 5 th December as they took on centre stage as part of a jam-packed schedule of festive music and entertainment for Nuneaton's Christmas Lights Switch-On.
Hundreds of people with umbrellas lined the streets of Nuneaton town centre as the Air Cadet band's drummers led a glittering lantern procession through the shopping centre to the Town Hall for the Christmas Lights Switch-On. The dazzling lantern procession was headed by the Mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth Tom Wilson the town crier Paul Gough and the extremely long legs of the law in the guise of a stilt walking policeman followed by hoards of excited glow stick wielding children .
When the lantern procession reached the Town Hall people danced in the rain to the lively music of the Rhythm Aces swing band, Then the towns up and coming opera singer Kirsty Anderson provided a more classical performance before the Mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth Tom Wilson and the town crier Paul Gough started the countdown to the big Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks display.
The full 121 Squadron band then concluded the festive proceedings by leading the crowd and church choirs in a traditional carol service.
Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) squadron said, “First of all I've got to say a big thank you to the members of our squadron civilian committee who manned our charity stall in the town today and I am glad to say that the weather didn't manage to stop people from coming out and enjoying the lantern procession and switch-on. The band all got a good soaking in the rain but their enthusiasm wasn't dampened, they all did an excellent job and really managed to help start the towns Christmas festivities off to a flying start.