It’s estimated that over 3,000 people attended last night’s Christmas Lights Switch-On in Penarth Town Centre.
Amongst those attending the event were scores of families with small children and parking space was at a premium throughout the town centre area
The event was hosted by BBC Wales TV presenter Lucy Owen – who had to rally the audience from a cold-start after an appreciable pause in the proceedings and a stage-setting longuer by event organisers Genero.
Lucy Owen – decked out in a suitably Christmassy white long-hair fun-fur – set about re-energising the audience with gusto. She confided in the crowd that she had been brought up in Dinas Powys – or as she called it colloquially “Dinky-Pooh” – and told the audience that Penarth was “very close to my heart”.
She brought on-stage Wales international and Cardiff Blues rugby player Josh Navidi who, in as brief interview with Lucy Owen , explained he’s currently not playing because he’s recovering from injury .
Lucy asked the children in the crowd whether they thought Josh Navidi should be on the “good list or the naughty list” . One young member of the audience said he should be on the naughty list – but Josh Navidi vowed he was on the “good list”. However Lucy Owen failed to persuade shy Josh – who also does some part-time dee-jaying – to sing a Christmas song, so they went into the count-down to the switch-on.
All in all, the production appears to have been appreciated by those who watched it all the way through. It wrapped up with a Christmas song sequence from Pontypridd singer James Williams .
Finally traditionalists will be pleased to know that one of Penarth Town Council’s three Christmas Trees on the Clock Roundabout is leaning again to the left ,