SCARBOROUGH community groups are being invited to join in the fun at this year’s Christmas lights switch-on parade.
The event will be held on Sunday November 20 from 4pm onwards, with hundreds of people expected to attend.
Meanwhile, Christmas lights have been put up above some of the town’s main streets, including Westborough, Huntriss Row and Ramshill.
For the November 20 parade Father Christmas will be in the Round Table’s sleigh, and a dazzling troupe of characters from the YMCA pantomime will lead the parade.
It is being organised by Scarborough Council’s investment manager Nick Taylor, who is inviting local groups to be part of the action.
He said: “If your organisation would like to join in we are keen to hear from you.
“This is an incredibly popular event in Scarborough and many local groups have asked to take part in the past, so we felt we should change the parade and just involve local organisations.
“We still have space for more groups to take part – fancy dress or a themed outfit is needed – and to have a great time.”
Mr Taylor added that any kind of group, with members of any age, can take part, from Scouts and Brownies to school groups or Friends groups.
He said: “You can come in fancy dress, wear your usual group uniform, or a themed outfit. It will be a real celebration of the local community.”
The parade will start from Market Street next to Boyes and make its way straight up the town centre towards the Brunswick Shopping Centre.
The Christmas lights will be illuminated gradually as everyone makes their way along the route.
Mr Taylor said: “We’re expecting a few hundred people, so people do need to tell us they’re coming so we can have an idea of numbers.
“There is no limit on numbers at the moment, but depending on the response we may need to think about setting a limit.”
He added that the popular Reindeer Parade will be back again this year on December 4. The reindeer and handlers will make their way from Boyes to Alma Square, where people will be able to get a close-up view and ask questions.
Mr Taylor said: “It’s the start of a busy period for many people.”