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Arrangements are now well advanced for Santa's arrival for The Big Switch On, now one of the most popular events in the Audlem annual programme.

Audlem Lass will again be bringing Santa to Audlem Wharf by the Shroppie Fly and Audlem Mill at 6.00pm on Thursday 27th November.

For everyone's safety, barriers will be in position alongside the canal and the forecourt of Audlem Mill will be the hub of this part of the event.

Around thirty or more volunteers will be working as Safety Marshalls all dressed in RNLI tabards. All will be briefed on safety beforehand and in case of any emergencies, by local RNLI Vice Chairman, Phil Everall who is a qualified risk assessment officer.

Additional lighting is also being installed in the area.

'Wish Candles' will again be on sale when messages can be written by the children and then floated on the canal. The profits from the sale of candles will be split equally between ADAS (Audlem District Amenities Society) who install all the illuminated Christmas trees and RNLI who provide the candles and look after operations by the canal.

It will then be unto the Square and the Big Switch On as the big tree is illuminated by this year's sponsors and the village sparkles with its fifty plus Christmas trees installed throughout the village centre by ADAS.

Last year was a fabulous event and this year promises to be just as good, providing a great evening for young and old alike and raising money for two excellent charitable organisations.

Audlem's shops will be open late and the children of Audlem St James' school will be parading to the event under the auspices of FASA, Friends of Audlem School Association.

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