Jo Pavey kick-starts Christmas in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 18:30 10 December 2014

Olympian, Jo Pavey, was guest of honour who was invited to switch on Honiton's Christmas lights this year. Honiton Chamber of Commerce members met with Jo and her family in the Lacemaker's Cafe before the switch-on. Ref mhh 2078-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Olympian, Jo Pavey, was guest of honour who was invited to switch on Honiton's Christmas lights this year. Honiton Chamber of Commerce members met with Jo and her family in the Lacemaker's Cafe before the switch-on. Ref mhh 2078-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

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A touch of Olympic sparkle added to a fun and festive lights switch-on evening held in Honiton last week.

European champion athlete Jo Pavey returned to her home town as guest of honour to switch on the Christmas tree lights outside of St Paul’s Church.

Earlier in the day, Jo and her husband and children met with Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Wright and other members to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea at the Lacemaker’s Café, in High Street.

Colin said: “We are very pleased that Jo could take the time out of her exceptionally busy schedule to turn on the lights.

“We are indebted to her and her family for making it such a lovely evening.”

Jo and her family also attended a carol service held at the church.

Several schools participated in a singing session, including the choir from Honiton Community College, before the official Christmas tree lights outside the church were switched on by Jo.

Chamber of Commerce member Mandy Newman said it was a ‘lovely evening’ which was enjoyed by all.

“It was a busy night,” she added. “The weather was nice and there were lots of people outside of St Paul’s [for the switch-on].”

The lights on the tree will sparkle alongside the ones which are now up in High Street and New Street.

So far, businesses have rallied to donate nearly £6,000 towards lights which will shine bright in Honiton.

Donations are still being welcomed and to sponsor a light, get in touch with Mandy on 01404 45692.


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