Robert Thorogood, the screenwriter and novelist, will flick the switch to illuminate Marlow town centre with its stunning Christmas lights display on Thursday, 23rd November.
Local resident Robert is the creator of the BBC One murder mystery series Death in Paradise and has written two best-selling Marlow-based novels, The Marlow Murder Club and Death in Marlow.
“I’m so excited to be turning on Marlow’s Christmas lights,” he said. “’The Switch On’ is one of the best nights of the year as there’s always such a buzz in the town. I’m a bit overwhelmed, if I’m honest, that I’ve been asked. What an honour.”
Robert will perform the ceremony at 6.30 pm from an open-top bus outside the Chequers pub in Marlow High Street. ‘Snow’ will fall from 6.00 pm as people gather to listen to carols and festive music, and stilt walkers, themed in red and white, will strut the streets as Mother Christmas, a giant candy cane, Nutcracker soldiers and a snow queen.
Town Mayor David Brown said: “We are delighted to have Robert switch on our beautiful lights, and we know how passionate he is about our wonderful town. Who knows, our event might feature in his next book!”
Marlow’s Christmas lights display has become a popular draw for visitors, bringing many people into the town to shop and enjoy the coffee shops, bars and restaurants in and around the High Street.
The High Street will be closed from 4.30-7.30 pm.