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Christmas Lights 2011: Assembly Begins – 4 December 2011

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With Christmas now just three weeks away, Dad started work on his annual indoor illuminations a few days ago. If you’ve never seen them, you won’t appreciate that they are a little more than tinsel and fairy-lights, so click here to watch a video of the 2009/2010 show.

ASSEMBLY LINE_Dad begins construction on the new nativity.

GENTLY DOES IT_Dad soldering wires to drive power to the new nativity.

There’s always something new every year, and this year’s no exception. He’s been slaving away in Harriet’s vacant room (she’s just set off on the Varsity ski trip), assembling a new nativity. At the moment, all the rest is secret, but below you can watch the latest in my Countdown to Christmas videos to see his progress so far.

Count down to Christmas 2011 with The Andrew Burdett Blog.

Maidenhead Christmas Lights Switch-On – 26 November 2011

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SHOCK AND AWE_Fireworks surprised everyone by being detonated from in front of the Town Hall.

As is traditional in towns and cities across the UK, today saw Maidenhead’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event take place in front of the Town Hall. At 6:00pm, from the balcony of the Mayor’s parlour, a young girl who won a competition run by the Maidenhead Advertiser flicked the all-important switch. Hundreds of fireworks were detonated, and the High Street’s hanging decorations were illuminated. Mayor Asghar Majeed helped with the proceedings, fresh from carrying out the same duty in Windsor last week.

BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE_Dignitaries watch from the Mayor's parlour, as the fireworks go up in the air.

BLAZE OF COLOUR_Red fireworks are let off from the roof of a Maidenhead office block.

HANGING LIGHTS_Suspended Christmas lights in the town centre.

STAR ATTRACTION_The giant Christmas tree in Nicholson's Walk.


Below, for your viewing pleasure, my video of today’s switch-on event.

VIDEO_My video of today’s switch-on event.

St Luke’s Flower and Harvest Festival – 23 to 25 September 2011

As ever, St Luke’s held its annual Harvest Festival this weekend (24 to 25 September 2011), but in addition to the usual singing of We Plough The Fields And Scatter and the traditional luncheon in the Community Hall, the church was decorated with hundreds of flowers, as part of the Maidenhead Floral Art Society‘s (MFAS) fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

OPEN ALL HOURS_The church was open all weekend for visitors to come and enjoy the displays.

(Click here or keep reading for a video of the Flower Festival.)

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