Saturday, December 7, 2013
EXMOUTH’S festive celebrations got into full swing on Friday night with the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights at the Devoncourt Hotel.
Around 300 people gathered to see Exmouth’s mayor John Humphreys turn on the “wonderland of light” – hundreds of illuminated figurines in the hotel’s gardens – at 7pm, writes Paul Strange.
With Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein in charge of proceedings, and with musical accompaniment from the Boys’ Brigade hand bell ringers and young singers from Centre Stage, it was a terrific and memorable event.
“It went extremely well and everybody seemed buoyed up on the occasion,” said Andrew Stoneman, the hotel’s general manager. “The music was great – with microphones and sound provided by Stuart Preestley. That was good because it meant we could mic everything.
“The Centre Stage singers had some backing music, which they sang to. It came out really well. They’ve got beautiful voices.”
After the big switch-on, there were refreshments from Brasserie 16, including pork baps, mulled wine and hot chocolate.
The Christmas lights are now on from dusk every night until the first week of January at the hotel in Douglas Avenue, Exmouth. Admission to view them is free.