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Popular Christmas lights switch-on given new date after Storm Arwen halts event


A popular Christmas lights switch-on has been rescheduled after it was cancelled due to bad weather caused by Storm Arwen.

Organisers had postponed the Sedgley event after snow and ice had created dangerous walking conditions on Sunday, November 28.

However it will now take place next Wednesday, December 8, with the event starting at 5pm and lights being officially switched on at 7.30pm.

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It will feature a Christmas market and stage entertainment on Ettymore Road with funfair rides dotted along Gospel End Street.

However motorists have been warned to expect delays with road closures in place from 3pm until 9.30pm.

Ettymore Road will be closed between Townsend Avenue and Bull Ring, Hall Street will be closed between Ettymore Road and Gospel End Street and Gospel End Street will be shut between Vicar Street and Bull Street.

A one-way order on Dean Street will be suspended, with access and exit from that road being on Vicar Street.

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On street parking will be suspended from midday on Dudley Street, Dean Street, Gospel End Street, Ettymore Road and Vicar Street.

Councillor Shaun Keasey, cabinet member for digital, customer and commercial services, said: “We were incredibly disappointed to cancel the event last weekend, but the decision was made in order to keep people safe.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to rearrange the event at such short notice and we can kick off the Christmas celebrations for the people of Sedgley.”

BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.




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