Nov 12, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Now, you might wonder why somebody flicking a switch to turn on extra street lights causes such exuberance in the local population that crush barriers and extra police have to be brought in.
Yeah, me too.
But never mind that. There's a joyful vibe on the streets and it's an excuse for mulled wine and general merry-making.
The entertainment starts at 5.30pm, the actual switching-on time is 6.15 to 6.30pm.
If you do go to the pub afterwards, someone needs to post a comment below to let other people know where you are since I am no longer hosting.
Someone called Mary Berry, 'Queen of Cakes' is throwing the switch. I assume her title relates to making cakes rather than consuming them, but I guess that'll be obvious when we see her.