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Ware all set for the 2012 Dickensian Evening
Published:3 Dec 2012
Ware all set for the 2012 Dickensian Evening

Ware is all set for the Ware Dickensian Evening, the town's annual festive street party which takes place on Friday December 7th 2012.

As last year, where it is estimated more than 10,000 people attended the event, roads in the town centre will be closed and traffic diversions will be in place.

Amwell End will be closed from 5.30pm to give stallholders and also a funfair the time to set up. The other roads to be closed from 6.00 – 10.00 pm will be High Street, Baldock Street, Church Street, East Street and West Street.

Many bands, carol singers, and children’s roundabouts will all add to the fun in Tudor Square, the High Street and Amwell End, as well as six indoor venues and many of the town’s shops open for the evening and serving goodies.

Jan Wing, the Dickensian organiser for Ware Town Partnership said. “It will again be a fantastic evening. We expect more people than last year, and we shall be making a special effort to make Baldock Street an integral part of the event. Funfairs, live performances from the Playsomething Academy and the Future Hope Bus are confirmed too.”

The main celebrations will begin at 7pm when the Mayor, Councillor Phylliss Ballam, announced by the Town Crier, turns on the lights on the mighty horse-chestnut in Tudor Square to the accompaniment of carols. The town's charities and clubs have booked stalls in Tudor Square, where the Christmas music will be playing throughout the evening.

Other bands in the town will be Bill Freeman’s Happy Jazz Band from Hoddesdon and Toque Tambor Samba Band from Hitchin will add to the atmosphere in the High Street with their colourful display. Look out for the Salvation Army Carol Singers and street buskers around the town. For the first time there will be a Lucy Black will be singing in Now Salon on the High Street. Playsomething Academy will be performing in Baldock Street.

There will be craft markets in Place House, Bluecoat Yard, and the Drill Hall, Amwell End, and a Hertfordshire Country market of produce and food in the Priory. St. Mary’s Church will be serving refreshments as well as having produce stalls and there will be the traditional Christmas Tree Festival in Leaside Church.

Most shops will have decorated their windows to make the whole town look festive. As part of their certificate course, students from Hertford Regional College have also designed this year's posters and the Dickensian Evening programme cover.

Tickets are on sale at Majika's Kitchen and in many local pubs in the town.

The Ware Dickensian Evening costs over £5000 to put on but would be much higher if it were not for the efforts of the many  volunteers and Sponsors, GlaxoSmithKline and the Ware Town Council.

The event is the year’s biggest fundraiser for many community groups so we hope our public will come out and support them on the night!

The Dickensian Programme will be available here on Ware Online from early next week. You will also be able to pick them in local pubs and shops around town as well.

Related downloads
Dickensian Evening Programme(1.4Mb)

Related articles
2010 Dickensian evening gallery

Related websites
Ware Dickensian Evening Website
2007 Dickensian evening video

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