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Teddington Lights Up 2018 – the year’s best street entertainment by far!

Teddington Lights Up 2018 – the year’s best street entertainment by far!

As November 2018 drew to a close, the rain held off and the crowds turned out for one of the most successful and enjoyable Teddington Light Up evenings so far.

After some doubt as to whether the event would happen at all – and following a highly successful crowdfunding appeal and helpful interventions from Richmond Council – local traders rallied round and the event in the High Street and Broad Street took off in a big way.

As in previous years, the High Street was a pedestrian precinct and traders were open until late. On the other side of the railway bridge, Broad Street traders also participated enthusiastically.

This year’s Christmas lights were switched on by the Deputy Mayor of Richmond, the ever-popular Cllr Mona Adams, who then spent a long time mingling with everyone who was enjoying the fun of the evening.

The Christmas tree, kindly sponsored by the Lensbury Club, looked a delight in its usual prominent position outside the old Post Office on the junction with Elmfield Avenue.

Among the musical acts performing on the night were the Teddington Gospel Choir with the Rev Azariah France-Williams; Pauline and the Imaginary Friends, well-known for their interactive performances; Ollie Wade, a solo singer with guitar and appealing voice (he performed in the shop window of Studio 148); a fabulous troupe of Indian dancers outside Moiduls restaurant; singer-songwriter favourite Mike Conlon; X-Factor finalist Talia Dean; and a splendid Elvis impersonator (better than the real thing, some might say!)

Teddington Lights Up was sponsored by The Lensbury, the National Physical Laboratory, Harlequins, and the White Brasserie. The two charities to benefit from the evening are the Charlie Gard Foundation and Ruils.

You can see a selection of photos from the evening here

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