Salisbury's festive season starts here!

Christmas Lights 2015 2 (Spencer Mulholland)

6:06am 16th November 2017

Christmas officially arrives in Salisbury this evening (Thursday November 16th)!

It'll all happen with the help of a soap star who's swapping the Weatherfield cobbles for the Market Square's paving.

Coronation Street star Antony Cotton (pictured below) is coming to the city to turn on the Christmas lights later.

Events, put on by the City Council, will be taking place from 6.00pm.

There's live music from Stagecoach Salisbury, Tom & the Clementynes and the Soul Strutters.

Street entertainment will be provided by the 'Bouncing Snowmen', 'Floating Angels' and a Jester.

STAR SWITCH ON:

Antony Cotton has played Sean Tully in Coronation Street for the last 13 years - he's seen by around 8 million viewers per episode.

He's won a host of awards for his role, including a National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer.

Anthony Cotton- Salisbury

He's also an ambassador for a number of charities including the Manchester United Foundation, the Veterans Garage, forces charity SSAFA and Tidworth based Help for Heroes.

In fact, he visited troops in Bulford last year - you can read about that on our news page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

He's due to appear in Dancing on Ice in early 2018 and has previously appeared on I'm A Celebrity.

The actual light switch on itself will be at 7.00pm, to be followed by a fireworks display from the roof of the Guildhall.

Christmas Lights Guildhall (Faye Marsh)

Antony will be joined on stage by the Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Lindley, Father Christmas, and Spire FM's Martin Starke and Pat Sissons.

FREE SHUTTLE BUSES:

If you're coming into Salisbury city centre this evening for the Christmas light switch on, please consider using bus services.

That's the plea from the City Council - they're trying to keep congestion down as they're expecting thousands of us to go along to the festivities in the Market Square.

In fact, they're laying on free shuttle buses to run to and from all five of Salisbury's park and ride sites until 9.30pm tonight to help get us in and out.

EXTRA LIGHTS THIS YEAR:

Once Salisbury's Christmas lights get switched on, there'll be a few more of them for us to see this time around.

The City Council's added some extra lights on Oatmeal Row, at the edge of the Market Square, and freshened up a few others around Salisbury too.

You can find out more about the events on the City Council's website at www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

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