Brandon’s own Father Christmas to switch on lights

Chris Christmas with wife Kay.

Chris Christmas with wife Kay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A market town is giving a special gift to its very own Father Christmas this festive season.

Chris Christmas, who will be turning 100 in February, has been invited to switch on the lights in his home town of Brandon.

A former Lieutenant Colonel and decorated veteran, Mr Christmas joined the army at the age of 16 and served in India, the Middle East and Europe for around 20 years.

His wife of 72 years, Kay, was a Captain in the Queen Alexander Nursing Corps and also served overseas during the Second World War.

Mr Christmas was given the opportunity to switch on the lights by Brandon Town Council in recognition of his contribution to the local community.

His daughter Joan Dawes has speculated he may be the eldest person in the country to be pushing the Christmas lights button this year.

Before doing the honours, Mr Christmas plans to make a speech with sections in English, Polish and Portuguese (in which he has learnt some seasonal greetings for the occasion).

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The switch-on event will be taking place on Sunday, December 4 from 4pm to 6pm, with the lights to be switched on at around 5.30pm and a fireworks display to end the night. After he has switched on the lights, Mr Christmas has been invited to the council chambers for a celebratory mince pie.

He will be joined by his daughter, who is flying in from her home in Tours, France for the occasion.

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