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Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on 2016

By on November 6, 2016 in Events, News

It’s the big Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on happening on Monday 28 November between 6.30 and 7.30pm organised by Cllr. Julia ‘Stardust’ Dockerill and her band of community elves – you!

Cllr. Dockerill needs help from Wapping to get things done and her been writing messages to Father Christmas on a regular basis. In Tower Hamlets this is a very very sensible option.

Julia has already organised another tree this year, there will be lights for the parade of shops in Wapping Lane and the Turks Head Company has very kindly agreed to sort the marquee and assist with logistics.

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Sister Sledge – We Are (East End) Family!

Key issue is to get a world famous celebrity to switch on the lights.

The inaugural Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on was undertaken by our very own Dame Helen Mirren – which is still the coolest thing that has ever happened in Wapping!

Last year Cllr. Dockerill did the Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on herself.

This year? Who knows. The PR people who work for disco legends Sister Sledge emailed Cllr. Dockerill in October to ask to be invited to the Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on. Seriously. And why not? Apart from the fact that Wapping cannot afford to pay them a penny of course.

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Fingers crossed Sister Sledge will be able to make it. This is Wapping – anything can happen and often does.

However if Sister Sledge can’t make it and you are a world-famous celebrity and would like to switch on the Wapping Christmas Tree Lights for no remuneration whatsoever and little or no publicity then please get in touch with Julia.

No budget fun – volunteers & support needed

As ever, there is no budget for this event. We are instead relying on the kindness and generosity of Wapping’s residents, local groups and businesses. I’m afraid as things have been a bit manic at work and council, I’ve not yet put an awful lot together for this year’s party, although I am delighted that the Turk’s Head has very kindly agreed to sort the marquee and assist with logistics.

Things that still need sorting include:

  • Music
  • Mulled wine
  • Fizz
  • Finger foods
  • Festive fare – mince pies, Christmas cake etc,
  • Trestle tables
  • Plastic cups
  • Soft drinks
  • PA system
  • Help with litter pick afterwards

So if you have any ideas of how you might be able to contribute, do drop Julia a line. It’s an hour-long event so it’s not too much time commitment.

And of course it would be great just to have you at the Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on 2016 and for you to share information about the evening with your friends, colleagues and family. You can also download a PDF version of the Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on 2016.

Lost in Mole-type Music

The Wapping Mole is a well-known Sister Sledge fan and often finds that he is lost in their music, almost as if he has been caught in a trap. But a nice trap, not a mole trap. However realising that there is no turning back and he feels so alive (being caught in said trap) he has quit his nine-to-five job just so he can be, well, lost in music.

Moley is such a Sister Sledge fan that he has composed this completely original song that he and the other Moles sing whenever they have dug up something very, very secret! Here it is:

Moley’s Family Song

"We are Moley’s family
I got all my Moley’s with me
We are Moley’s family
Get down everybody and dig
We are Moley’s family
I got all my Moley’s with me
We are Moley’s family
Get down everybody and dig!"

Catchy isn’t it? Maybe Sister Sledge could do a version which would become a disco legend in its own lifetime? Just an idea.

Julia Dockerill Contact Details

Julia.dockerill@towerhamlets.gov.uk
07741 460167
@wappingtories
www.wappingconservatives.com
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Click image to download a PDF version of the Wapping Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on 2016 poster.


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