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Dunstable’s annual Christmas Carols and Torchlight Procession illuminates the town


Rachel Connor


November 29, 2023


On Friday 24 November, Dunstable Town Council hosted its highly anticipated annual Christmas Carols and Torchlight Procession. The community event, now going for over 35 years in one form or another, brought together residents and families for a festive celebration.

The evening commenced at 7 pm on The Square, where Councillor John Gurney led proceedings by welcoming everyone and introducing 12 Dunstable schools who gathered in front of The Methodist Church for heartwarming renditions of classic Christmas carols.

Dunstable Town Mayor, Councillor Liz Jones, expressed her gratitude to all attendees during the evening and was joined by none other than Father Christmas. Jaymi Hensley and Will Kenning from Grove Theatre’s Panto Jack and the Beanstalk made an appearance and handed out sweets to attendees, alongside Father Christmas.

The highlight of the evening was the Christmas tree switch-on accompanied by a stunning spectacle light show which illuminated The Methodist Church.

The sight of families, friends, and neighbours coming together, evoked a sense of community and togetherness that truly embodies the spirit of Christmas.

Local businesses and vendors contributed to the festive atmosphere by offering seasonal treats, hot beverages, and holiday-themed merchandise along Middle Row.

Dunstable Town Mayor Cllr Liz Jones said ‘’a magical night for Dunstable that had so much support from the residents of Dunstable. A tremendous night that started Christmas for us all – well done to the team at Dunstable Town Council’’.

Dunstable’s annual Christmas Carols and Torchlight Procession has become a cherished tradition that brings people of all ages together to create lasting memories and celebrate the magic of Christmas.

Dunstable Town Council express their gratitude to the community, event sponsor Caremark Central Bedfordshire, Christmas tree sponsor The Dunstable Rotary Club, Event Production Live, Lamps and Tubes, The Salvation Army Band, all local schools, Dunstable Ladies Choir and volunteers who contributed to the success of this festive event.

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