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Festive cheer to light up night.

A FIRE-EATER and wandering minstrel are just two the attractions lined up to make Atherstone's Dickens Night a success this year..

The annual event, aimed at promoting Christmas shopping, takes place on November 20, with a variety of activities including a fun fair, Scout band, jazz band, juggler, wandering minstrel, folk dancers, bed of nails and birds of prey.

In the Memorial Hall a collectors' fair runs all day with face painting, clowns and balloons for youngsters.

From 7.30pm to 11pm there will be an opportunity for people to dance to a live band in the hall.

The highlight of Dickens Night will be the switch-on of the Christmas lights at 5pm by Kay Alexander fromBBC Midlands Today News.

Ken Broomfield, who had a miraculous escape when his plane crashed last month, will close the event by piloting his Tiger Moth over the town ready for Father Christmas to make a parachute jump down to earth.

Market stalls will line the streets and there will be a raffle.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 29, 1999
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