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‘The BEST day ever!’ Local school children sparkle and shine at Christmas light switch-on

05 December 2019

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Local school children sparkle and shine at Christmas light switch-on at County Hall

The Countdown to Christmas has begun at County Hall. The Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kevin Rostance, joined school pupils to officially switch on the Christmas tree lights on Wednesday (4 December).

Twenty-six children from Butler’s Hill Primary and Infant School and Hucknall Flying High Academy - aged between 6 and 11 years old - gave a tree-mendous performance with a selection of carols including Jingle Bells, Away in a manger, We wish you a merry Christmas, On a starry night and more!

Veolia, the County Council’s waste contractors, once again sponsored the tree located at the front of County Hall – a 20-foot-tall Norwegian spruce.

And the tree lights have been sponsored by Arc Partnership, a joint venture company formed by Nottinghamshire County Council and Scape Group.

Council Chairman, Councillor Kevin Rostance said: “We were delighted to welcome Butler’s Hill Primary School and Hucknall Flying High Academy to County Hall for the annual Christmas lights switch-on. It was a real treat to hear the children sing – they gave a wonderfully magical and festive performance. We even had a very special visitor join us to hand out a few presents to the children.”

“We also extend our thanks to our sponsors Veolia and The Arc partnership for their support.”

Pupils were thrilled to perform their carols and receive gifts from Santa, with children even commenting it was ‘the best day ever!’  

Headteacher of Butler’s Hill Primary, Melinda Amos, said: “We are so proud of the children at Butler’s Hill. They were really excited when they heard that they had been invited to join the Chairman to switch on the lights! 

“Our children excel whenever they take part in new adventures and I know that this memory will stay with them... it’s certainly got us all in the Christmas spirit too!” 

Headteacher of Hucknall Flying High Academy, Mr Clowery, said “It was our pleasure and a privilege for Hucknall Flying High Academy to be invited by Councillor Kevin Rostance to participate in the festivities of the Christmas light switch-on, here at County Hall. The children were very proud to represent our choir at this event, in what is our first Christmas as an official school. The choir have worked very hard and were excited to be taking part in performing our Christmas carols.”

Dan Maher, Managing Director, of Arc Partnership, said: “Arc Partnership are again pleased to be one of the sponsors of the Christmas light switch on by Nottinghamshire County Council, and we hope that they are enjoyed by all throughout the festive period."

Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire said: “We are proud to have once again been asked to support the Nottinghamshire County Council Christmas Tree. 

When the festivities are over, we will ensure the real tree is recycled, chipped and turned into compost ready to grow more trees. We'd like to remind all of Nottinghamshire's little recyclers that there's still time to enter our festive competition and tell Father Christmas their recycling good deeds for the chance to win a Playhouse Pantomime family ticket.” 

The Father Christmas Letter competition is open until 10 December, please visit to download the letter template and for more information.

Watch youngsters from Butler’s Hill Primary School perform their carols HERE

Watch youngsters from Hucknall Flying High Academy perform their carols HERE



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