“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams” – Willy Wonker
So it’s that time of year again when we get all Christmassy here at Enjoy Sutton HQ, by far our favourite time of the year, and what a year it was!!
We had been busy squirrelling away getting everything organised for the big day and were delighted with the Christmas Lights Switch On for Sutton High Street 2019. We hope you had lots of fun on the day.
On Saturday 23rd November, 11am to 6pm, we had a day of festivities on the High Street in Sutton. There was an opening Christmas Parade with hundreds of Oompa Loompas, Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe, Mr W himself, all the naughty kiddies from the movie, walkabout Candy Canes, FREE in-store activities as part of our Golden Ticket Trail, giveaways, a stage with live music, singing and dance performances from local groups, a light show and all finished off with a visit from Wayne Woodward our local VIP and the amazing East 17, joined by the Mayor of Sutton to switch the lights on. Literally a magical evening for all.
“We have so much time and so little to see….strike that…reverse it…” Willy Wonker
2019 Celebrity VIPs
We were extremely excited to announce that our 2019 VIPs for switching on the Sutton Lights were East 17. Amazing guys who entertained Sutton without a doubt. We even got the infamous “Stay Another Day” and white jackets.
When East 17 stumbled into the Walthamstow limelight in late 1991 they had little idea that their rabble-rousing brand of boy-band pop would create such a storm…. Indeed, at the outset, a young Tony Mortimer had been on the verge of signing a solo deal with London Records until ex-Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins suggested that what the world needed was a boy-band antidote to Take That and a band that bad girls could fall in love with.
Of course, what Mortimer says now is that he really thought the world needed a UK version of New Kids on The Block and when you think about it this is not a million miles from the inevitable truth. The resultant chaos produced a 1992 debut single, House of Love, which sold 600,000 copies and a debut album that hit the No.1 spot the following year.
The band went on to achieve 18 Top Twenty hits (including Deep, Steam, Let It Rain, It’s Alright and Christmas No.1 Stay Another Day, the latter remaining No.1 for five weeks) as well as four Top Ten albums and sales of over twenty million records.
The boys are back with original member Terry Coldwell, joined now by Ivor Novello award winning singer Robbie Craig and Joe Livermore and put on a cracking performance LIVE for you all on Saturday 23rd November.
Tom Franck Productions – Elf’s Chocolate Factory Puppet Panto
Oh no he hasn’t….oh yes he has!! Elvis the Elf has only gone and done it again! This time he’s only gone and left all of the Christmas treats unattended and a greedy boy by the name of Augustus has gobbled the lot up!!
It’s now up to Elvis to take a trip through the amazing Chocolate Factory to meet some of its crazy characters, and try to get the famous secret recipe from the world’s greatest chocolatier in the hopes he can replace all of the Christmas goodies and save Christmas. Come along on Elvis’ second Christmas adventure in Sutton and wish him luck! Puppet Pantos are absolutely FREE and suitable for all children.
It’s Panto time at St Nicholas Centre inside St Raphael’s Hospice Hub on the ground floor as it becomes The Pantamonium Room on Saturday 23rd November.
FREE shows at 12 noon, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 along with a hidden Golden ticket for you to find!
Golden Ticket Trail!!
On Saturday 23rd November, not only did we have an amazing line up for you, but we also held a special Golden Ticket Trail in Sutton High Street with an amazing prize up for grabs.
All you had to do was find 12 of our hidden Golden Tickets in the High Street shops using our cheeky clues along the way!
One extremely lucky winner did a great job and bagged their family an entire “Christmas in a Box”. Well done everyone.