Keep your mince pies peeled for star Max
IF you’re an Eastenders fan, you’ll know that Max Branning has been the victim a terrible miscarriage of justice. So, when you spot him in Kettering town centre next week, don’t give him a hard time!
Kettering Borough Council has put the finishing touches to their festive line-up – and ‘Max’ has been invited to join in!
This year’s celebrations begin on Thursday November 26 with the Big Switch On and the start of late night shopping on Thursdays in Kettering’s town centre. Lighting up the town will be special guest BBC’s Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing 2014 star Jake Wood (Max Branning, pictured above) together with the cast of the Jack and the Beanstalk panto – which is running at the Lighthouse Theatre from December 11 until January 3 (box office: 01536 414 141).
Connect FM’s Liz and Mark will be introducing performances from 5pm, including The Hotsie Totsies, Nigel Adair, Magic from Jamie Docherty, KBA winner Ebony Sturgess and more – all this before the Big Switch On at 6.30pm.
Small Business Saturday and the Teenage Market returns on December 5 and you’ll find further entertainment in the form of Big Screen Movies in the Market Place, including Elf (5pm, December 3), The Snowman and the Snowdog (5pm, December 10) and Frozen (4pm, December 19). All these festive films are free, so make sure you wrap up warm and join in!
As part of the Christmas festivities, and to support local businesses, Kettering Borough Council is offering free parking in its town centre car parks all day on Saturday December 5, 12th and 19th and after 3pm on Thursday 3rd, 10th and 17th. These are in addition to the free parking that already operates in council owned car parks on Sundays (all day) and evenings (after 6pm).
This year, Santa will be taking up residence at his log cabin Grotto in The Yards, just off Market Street, from tomorrow until Christmas Eve, open between 12pm and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday (until 7pm on Thursdays) and from 12-4pm on Sundays. It will cost £3 per child and every child will receive a present. Photos will be available for an additional cost.
Meanwhile, across the borough there are other festive events including a Christmas Lights Switch On in High Street, Burton Latimer and in Station Road, Desborough next Friday evening (27th) and a Christmas Gala Evening in Market Hill Square, Rothwell on Friday December 4.