Village gears up for festive night

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 November 2010

Thousands of people turned out for last year's Cheddar Festive Night

Thousands of people turned out for last year's Cheddar Festive Night

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AN escapologist will be one of the Starr attractions at Cheddar Festive Night.

Dreaded mentalist Jez Starr will be attempting a range of daring feats at Cliff Street car park, as part of the village festivities on Friday from 6.15pm.

A carol service will take place in St Andrew’s Church at 5.30pm and the traditional ‘whoppa’ rocket will be launched from the church tower at 6pm to mark the start of the event.

Entertainment includes Christmas story-telling by the Rotary Club of Mendip at the Garden of Fragrance near Cheddar Gorge and Lanes in Station Road.

The Salvation Army will perform at Fortes Ice Cream Parlour, Cheddar First School pupils will sing carols at the Bath Arms from 6pm, Cheddar Firefighter’s Santa float will be paraded through the village and BBC Somerset Bus will be at Cliff Street car park.

The village’s churches have organised a nativity scene outside Edelweiss Restaurant, and people have the chance to dress-up as the characters.

There will also be the judging of the best festive illuminations in Cliff Street, which is closed to vehicles between 6 and 10pm and the car park is closed from 12noon.

The village’s shops will be open for late-night shopping, Cheddar Caves and Gorge is holding a residents’ night, and there will be a big prize tombola.

Caroline Craddock, who helped co-ordinate the event, said thousand of people are expected to turn out for the celebrations.

She added: “We hope to have a lovely, dry and crisp evening and for everyone to have a brilliant time.”

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