Arundel by Candlelight set to be as spectacular as ever

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The full details of the entertainment programme for this year’s Arundel by Candlelight on Saturday December6 have now been announced and the day promises to be as spectacular as ever.

This year’s event is very kindly sponsored by local firms RINKIT.com and Pegasus Properties.

The entertainment schedule has been organised by Sharon Blaikie from the Landon Sounds Events Studios on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon says: “We have created a fun and broad balanced programme of entertainment in order to appeal to all ages and for the whole town to enjoy the start of the festive season.

“New this year is the amazing stage at the top of the high street with full professional sound system. Crown Yard will also enjoy live unplugged music from Horsham Borough Brass Band.”

The day will start at 1pm on the High Street with an Ecumenical Carol Service led by the three churches (Arundel Baptist Church, the Parish & Priory Church of St Nicholas, and Arundel Cathedral) with singing supported by the Arun Choral Society.

Father Christmas will this year be based at Arundel Museum, where he will be welcoming children between 1pm and 4.30pm.

The museum will be open from 10am to 7.30pm with the return of the popular Teddy Bear Road Show - so bring your teddy bear along for valuation by an expert. To add to the festive spirit, you can also visit the Museum by ‘candle’ and torch light.

At 5.00pm on the High Street stage the Chairman of Arundel Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Arundel & District Rotary Club and the Mayor of Arundel will welcome everyone to the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

The magnificent tree has once again been kindly provided by the Norfolk Estate and erected by the Rotary Club of Arundel.

The lights will be officially switched on by Her Grace the Duchess of Norfolk and special guests Marcus Collins from the X Factor (who has just finished a tour of the UK and is about to embark on a solo tour of China) and Richard David-Caine from CBeebies ‘Swashbuckle’; both are straight out of rehearsals from Worthing Theatres where they will be appearing in Jack Frost. They will both be in town to have pictures taken and talk to the crowds.

The Rotary Club of Arundel will also be selling mistletoe and holly on the Town Square to raise funds to help with the eradication of the Ebola virus from Sierra Leone - Rotary already has contacts in this country through funding previous humanitarian projects.

The High Street and Tarrant Street will be closed to traffic from 7am to midnight however there will still be full access to the Mill Road and Lido car parks which are free from 1pm onwards. Crown Yard car park will be closed on the day.

Drivers are advised to arrive into town via the A27 on the eastern (Worthing/Brighton) side of Arundel to gain access to car parks. If possible it is recommended to arrive by train to avoid congestion.

For more information on the day’s programme & timings please visit www.arundel.org.uk or follow us on www.twitter.com/@Arundelcommerce or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Arundel-By-Candlelight/738964629523039

programme of events

Saturday December 6, 1pm to 8pm. Please note that timings are approximate and may be subject to change on the day.

Arundel Museum, Mill Road: 1pm– 4.30pm - Father Christmas

10am – 7.30pm -Teddy Bear Road Show, valuations by an expert

High Street Stage: 1pm - Carol Service led by the three churches (Arundel Baptist Church, the Parish & Priory Church of St Nicholas, and Arundel Cathedral) with singing supported by Arun Choral Society.

1.30pm - Arun Choral Society, directed by John Henville

2.15pm- Tom Baird, dynamic & talented young singer/guitarist

3pm - Littlehampton Academy Steel Band, directed by Lee Nelson

4pm - Anabel Mather, performs a cappella songs with the voice of an angel

4.30pm - The Rock Choir, 70+ strong choir directed by Vikki Hewitt

5pm - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with Her Grace the Duchess of Norfolk and special guests Marcus Collins from the X Factor and Richard David-Caine from CBeebies ‘Swashbuckle’, both appearing in Jack Frost at Worthing Theatres.

5.10pm - Ace of Hearts, a trio of stunning voices from 3 local young ladies Sophie, Naomi and Lauren

5.30pm - Riversong & the Glee Club, these ever popular groups join forces to lead the carol singing

6pm - Isles of Arun, a dreamy mix of original BritFolk featuring evocative vocals, haunting fiddle, infectious jangling guitar and foot-stomping fiddle.

6.45pm - Tom & Ash, striking classical guitar duo

7.15pm - Finale with The Rock Choir

Lower High Street, across from Swan Hotel: From 1pm onwards - Step inside and have your photo taken in a Giant Snow Globe!

1pm – 4pm - Face painting at Pegasus Properties

Crown Yard: From 1pm onwards - Horton’s Amusements, traditional Victorian children’s rides

2.30pm - Horsham Borough Brass Band

5.30pm - Choristers from Arundel Cathedral with Elizabeth Stratford, organist & Master of Choristers

King’s Arms, Tarrant Street: From 1.30 - Carla Hendriks Quartet, fine Jazz group

Spark’s Yard, Tarrant Street: 6pm - Choristers from Arundel Cathedral with Elizabeth Stratford, organist & Master of Choristers

The Eagle, Tarrant Street: From 2pm - Live music. Also book your place to perform on their famous ‘White Piano’ outside, weather permitting.

Castle Mews, Tarrant Street: 2pm - Debbie Lance, jazz standards & contemporary classics

3pm - Frank Regester, popular local singer & guitarist

4pm - Jane Weeden & family, opera & musical classics

Report contributed by Jonathan Brantigan, on behalf Arundel Chamber of Commerce.