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News Release - Issued by The City of York Council

Lord Mayor to light up St Helen’s Square

The Lord Mayor of York and his four grandchildren will switch on York’s Christmas Lights at an event on Thursday 20 November.

The Lord Mayor will be joined by Mollie (10), Lillie (9) Isabel (7), and Rosie(6) as York starts its countdown to Christmas.

The festive switch-on will be hosted by Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace, presenters at BBC Radio York and will also include special guests from York Theatre Royal’s latest pantomime production, Old Mother Goose.

The switch-on comes ahead of many festive delights in the city which includes St Nicholas Fair, running from Thursday 27 November to Sunday 21 December.

Approximate timings for the switch on are:

• From 5.30pm: The University of York Brass Band plays Christmas carols and favourite Christmas music in St Helen’s Square
• 6.10pm: The Lord Mayor and pantomime characters will start the public countdown
• 6.15pm/6.20pm: The St Leonard’s Hospice Light up a Life Christmas tree lights will be officially switched on. The University of York Brass Band continues playing and local choirs, including Haxby Road Academy, Supersingers and York Music Centre Girls Chamber Choir will sing around the city throughout the evening, bringing musical magic to different retailers.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Ian Gillies said: “Thursday will be a great experience which I am proud to share with my grandchildren. In my six months as Lord Mayor I have met some wonderful people across the city and I’m now looking forward to meeting the larger than life panto characters on this occasion. York is a special city, particularly at Christmas and it will be great to see St Helen’s Square lit up as the countdown to Christmas continues.”


Notes to Editors:

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies
Lady Mayoress, Mrs Pat Gillies
Sheriff of York, Mr John Kenny
Sheriff’s Lady, Mrs Jill Kenny

The Lord Mayor is Chairman of City of York Council and the first citizen of the city.

The appointment is made by the council each year in May, at the same time as a Sheriff -the city's other civic head – is appointed.

York's Lord Mayor is second only to the Lord Mayor of London in precedence and its Sheriff holds the oldest office of Sheriff in England and Wales.

The Lord Mayor chairs meetings of full council and together with the Sheriff, represents the city on ceremonial occasions, welcomes international visitors and attends events organised by local people and community groups.
The Lord Mayor also hosts formal and informal functions at the Mansion House, which is the Lord Mayor's residence during their year of office. The Mansion House is also available for tours and private hire.

For further information please contact:
Andrew Harrison
Communications & Media Apprentice
City of York Council
Tel: 01904 552022
Fax: 01904 551064