It’s finally that time of year, when children all over the world write their Christmas lists and people decorate their trees.

The Christmas in Broxtowe event kicked off their festivities early with the annual Christmas lights switch-on in Beeston at the weekend.

Maxine Robinson, who presented the lights switch-on, said: “I thought it was amazing how the community came together to create a fantastic event which everyone works so hard on.”

The lights were turned on Saturday evening by the Mayor of Broxtowe Halimah Khaled MBE and the family of 12-year-old Owen Jenkins, who drowned in July trying to save two girls at Beeston Weir.

“I thought it was especially touching when they got Owen Jenkins’ family.”
Elliot Barnett-Connolly, 19

Owen’s mother, Nicola read out a poem in memory of him and was joined on the stage by his father Gary and older brother Jordan.

Beeston used the colour purple for their lights and decorations to represent the teenage hero, as this was his favourite colour.

Elliot Barnett-Connolly, who was there with family, said: “I thought it was especially touching when they got Owen Jenkins’ family to speak and help turn on the lights.”

Beeston Rock Choir then took to the stage before the fireworks event rounded of the day’s attractions.

Scarlett Kearney, visiting with friends commented: “The fireworks were quite disappointing, I was really excited in the lead up to it but it wasn’t as entertaining as I’d hoped.

The event was sponsored by Specsavers opticians, Broxtowe Borough Council and Stapleford Town Council.