Christmas tree put up in Hinckley town centre’s Market Place today

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 15 November 2021

HINCKLEY’S Christmas tree has been put up today (15 November) in Market Place, ahead of the Christmas light switch-on and Tin Hat Fair this Friday (19 November).

(Image: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council)

It has been placed inside of a flower bed next to The Bounty pub and the former Coffee Rio and former Halifax bank units in Market Place.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council took to their official Facebook page this afternoon to tell town-goers that it has been installed and was being decorated.

It has been put up a week and two days’ later than when it was installed last year (2020) back on 6 November.

Christmas lights put up in October

The town centre has been sporting a festive atmos for a while, as back on 16 October, resident reporters for the Free Press had spotted that Christmas lights had been placed across shopfronts on Castle Street, Regent Street, and Market Place.

Light switch-on this Friday

The light switch-on and Tin Hat Fair will mark the first to be held in-person since 2019, as last year’s was scrapped due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The switch-on will coincide with the traditional Tin Hat Fair – a fair based on Regent Street, which starts on Friday from 4pm to 10pm, and Saturday from 12pm to 10pm.

Hours before the switch-on, at 4pm, a “full programme” of on-stage entertainment will be held in Market Place, with music and sound being provided by Fosse 107.

It will feature performances from St. Mary’s School, Hinckley Choral Union, Steve Faulkner, The Drama Academy, and Hastings School.

The lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by a ‘local hero’, who has been chosen by town radio station, Fosse 107, and Hinckley and Bosworth Mayor, Coun. Ted Hollick.

15 minutes after the switch-on, at 6.45pm, attendees will be treated to a ‘fantastic’ four-minute fireworks display from Argents Mead at 6.45pm, which has been sponsored by the Borough Council and Showman’s Guild.

Youngsters will be able to meet with Father Christmas himself inside of his grotto, outside of the Jaspers of Hinckley department store, thanks to Hinckley Round Table, but a small entry charge will be required as the funds are in aid of charity.

As well as this, Hinckley’s United Reformed Church will be offering free Christmas craft activities for children.

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