THE countdown to Christmas in Stourport is on as organisers get ready for the annual lights switch-on and Three Kings Parade in the town.

BBC Hereford & Worcester’s Malcolm Boyden and Stourport Mayor Vi Higgs, along with Carnival Queen Antonia Alberone-Chamberlain, Princess Emily Edwards and Rosebud Roxie Jordan will flick the switch at the event on Friday, November 24.

One of the new attractions at this year’s event will be the giant Stourport Lock Monster, which will be based in Villeneuve Gardens.

The parade will start at 6pm from the rear of the Civic Centre at Martins Way car park before going down Raven Street, Bridge Street, High Street, Lion Hill, York Street, New Street and back on to Martins Way for the big switch on.

The Stourport Scout and Guide Band will lead the parade while the Three Kings will be carried by pupils from St Bartholomew’s, Burlish Park and Astley Primary Schools.

During the event, a street collection will take place to help raise money for the Mayor’s charities while Stourport Rotary Club’s sleigh will also be part of the parade.

It will be a poignant occasion this year as one of the founder members of the Stourport Light Brigade Derek Fradgley passed away in July. To honour him, a new Christmas light will be placed at the top of the High Street.

Organiser Pete Roberts said programmes were now available in shops around the town and invited street buskers to get in touch to be part of the event.

Anyone interested in performing can contact Mr Roberts on 01299 879340.