BROMYARD's unique Christmas lights will be switched on tonight as crowds gather in the Herefordshire town for the event.

Organisers have put together a jam-packed programme of events for the day, including a children's lantern parade and Santa's Grotto, on top of the traditional countdown and switch-on.

Speaking in the free programme put together ahead of the event on Saturday (November 19), the "happy band of a dozen or so" volunteers are proud of the latest offering.

It said for 59 years the lights have been a major feature in the town and every year they endeavour to produce new displays.

"This is why our lights are so different from others; we have eschewed the white, blue and gold which is now so often used alone; we really love the colour and animation which make Bromyard's lights unique."

The team thanked the generation support of the public, Bromyard and Winslow Town Council and the late David Morris, of DRM Bus, and his father Bill.

The switch-on will be at 5.30pm with Slyvia Richards, the widow of Clive Richards, after performances by local musicians including from Bromyard Wind Band

Bromyard Christmas lights switch-on programme of events 2022

11am until 4pm: St Michael's Hospice Christmas Fair at the Flacon Mews

11am until midday and 2pm until 3pm: St Peter's Church bells

11am until 3pm: See and listen to Cliff Morris's fairground organ in the Market Square

12.30pm: Santa's parade, with helpers and drummers, from the Bromyard Centre to his grotto at the Falcon Hotel

12.50pm until 5pm: Santa's Grotto at the Falcon Hotel, booking via

1pm until 6pm: Street market in the town centre with stalls and live music

3pm until 5pm: Bromyard FM, school choir, Bromyard Wind Band, Bromyard Choral Society and Vicky Shortland performing in the Market Square

3.30pm: Lantern construction and lights assembly at the Conquest Theatre, tenbury Road

5pm: Lantern parade from the Conquest Theatre to Pump Street

5.15pm: Civic parade from the Falcon Hotel to Market Square

5.30pm: Switch on in the Market Square with Sylvia Richards

5.40pm until 7pm: Live music in the Market Square with local band