Children set to sing for city centre switch-on

Picture: Malcolm Wells

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CHRISTMAS will come to the heart of Portsmouth with a big bang as 1,000 local schoolchildren sing carols.

The youngsters will belt out the festive songs while the lights are switched on at the Christmas tree in Guildhall Square.

Cllr Cheryl Buggy, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, will press the button to officically switch on the display on Monday at 6.30pm.

A countdown will be held before the big moment.

The event will see children from 28 schools across the city singing carols.

There will be an appearance from Father Christmas, who will enter the square in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Citadel Band will provide the music with a conductor from the Portsmouth Schools’ Music Service leading the carol singing.

Cllr Buggy said: ‘It’s fantastic that so many schools will be taking part in what I am sure will be a fun event that puts everyone in the Christmas spirit.’

Each school taking part in the event has been asked to donate two presents, which will be given out to disadvantaged children across the city

A competition to design the front cover of the programme for the event was won by Charlotte Rust, 11, from Newbridge Juniors.