Paddington to be guest at Christmas Lights event

Paddington is heading to town to take part in next week’s Our Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights event.

The star of Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Paddington” will be appearing in the town centre on Thursday, November 17.

It is free to see the popular little bear who’ll be spending some time in the Cornhill and Buttermarket areas of the town centre where the annual Christmas Charity Market will be taking place. He’ll also have a special meet and greet area close to Moyses Hall and the main stage.

The afternoon and evening will also offer stage performances from local schools and theatre groups, street entertainment, Victorian carol singers and the Salvation Army band playing Christmas music. A variety of food stalls and a funfair will complete the evening. There’s also an opportunity to meet Father Christmas on his sleigh, along with his elves.

Chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Mark Cordell said: “We’re not keeping this under our hat – we’re really excited to be welcoming Paddington back to Bury St Edmunds. When he visited a few Christmases ago, so many of his fans came into town to see him that he ‘bearly’ had time to stop for a marmalade sandwich. I know he’s going to be the absolute star of the show at our annual free admission fun night out for all the family.”

The Our Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Event runs throughout the afternoon until 8pm. Paddington will be appearing in the town centre at intervals from 2pm before making his last appearance on the stage outside Moyses Hall at just after 6pm.

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