Chiswick Christmas lights turned on by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Image above: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The celebrated singer-songwriter and Chiswick resident Sophie Ellis-Bextor turned on the Christmas lights on Saturday (4 December) before a crowd of more than a thousand people.

Choirs from Belmont Primary School and ArtsEd sang carols and the Mayor of Hounslow Councillor Bishnu Gurung gave a short speech. He was supposed to hand over to Sophie for the big count down to the switch on, but looked like he was going to do the whole thing, upstaging her totally, carried away in the moment.

Professional that she is, she grabbed the mic and went seamlessly into the countdown, only to find that nothing happened. Never perform with children, animals, or apparently Christmas trees. What had happened was that some well-meaning soul had locked the fuse door on the lamppost which was providing the power. Eventually, with Sophie calling on the “disco gods” to intervene, the tree lights came on and all was well.

Weeks of planning by Chiswick Flower Market directors Karen Liebreich and Steve Nutt and emails back and forth between them and various bits of Hounslow Council about where the tree should be (near the statue of William Hogarth, outside where Barclays Bank used to be), road closures, electricity supplies and so on, paid off with a beautiful tree – the first time the editor of The Chiswick Calendar can remember there being such a big Christmas tree, publicly funded and in so prominent a position in Chiswick.

The tree was paid for by the Government’s Welcome Back funding to help high streets recover from the pandemic. Anna Kust and Frank Noon were there taking pictures.

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Images above: By Anna Kunst

Images above: By Frank Noon

Anna was at the Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday too, bigger than usual with more stalls, greater variety and a festive spirit helped along with the Chivaree ice king and queen stilt walkers and performances from Chiswick Rock Choir, Chiswick School’s steel band and other local musicians.

See her pictures here: Chiswick Christmas Flower Market 2021

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