Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Junior Ambassador Harmonie-Rose's Christmas lights switch-on

Andy Hopkinson | 15th November 2021

We all know she’s a bright spark. And a powerhouse, who has lit up so many people’s lives

Meningitis Now Junior Ambassador Harmonie switches on Clifton Christmas lights

So, of course, who better than our Junior Ambassador, Harmonie-Rose, to switch on the Clifton Village Christmas Lights at 6pm last Friday 12 November?

Harmonie, who is fast achieving celebrity status after her Pride of Britain Award earlier in the month and singing a duet with Ed Sheeran, went along with her Aunty Hannah to the event - famed across the South West - which sees the start of Christmas in Clifton Village and its transformation into a magical winter wonderland.

Around 1,000 usually turn up for the switching-on ceremony and to join in with community carol singing, but with no pre-publicity this year to discourage crowds gathering, organisers were anticipating these numbers might be reduced. 

Event organiser Tony Miles (aka Smiley Miley of Radio1 fame back in the day) also made a donation of £750 towards our ongoing work in Harmonie’s name.

Celebrity status

Perhaps somewhat taller than Harmonie - at around 50 feet but without quite the celebrity status - was the other star of Friday’s show: a Christmas tree rumoured to be the second largest in the country, after the one gifted each year by Norway and displayed in Trafalgar Square.

Meningitis Now Junior Ambassador Harmonie switches on Clifton Christmas lights

So, if you’re in the South West and in need of a bit of shopping therapy in the run up to Christmas, why not pop along to Clifton, admire Harmonie’s handiwork and find that perfect present in one of the many independent shops and boutiques the area boasts?

If this has whet your appetite to sing a few carols, why not get a ticket for our Christmas Celebration Concert in Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 2 December?

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