A rousing rendition of a Les Misérables musical classic will launch the celebrity Christmas lights switch-on at North End Road traffic-free market.
On Saturday 28 November, the recently formed West End Musical Choir, based in Fulham, will serenade the crowd with Do You Hear the People Sing? Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson will then switch on North End Road’s Christmas lights at 4.30pm.
“If you really want to put a smile on your face and start feeling festive, what better way than to come along to the market?, said the choir’s founder Charlie Morrison.
"It’s supporting local people and local businesses and it’s great fun.”
The choir joins an exciting line-up of entertainment on the day, with plenty more to come at the second Christmas market on Saturday 12 December. There will also be more than 150 stalls selling a wide range of Christmas presents, festive food and drink at the events.
The markets are part of Hammersmith & Fulham council’s drive, together with residents in the North End Road Action Group, to revive the high street. They follow on the success of last year’s traffic-free festive market and a summer market in June that attracted 15,000 visitors.
“These talented local singers are going to add a bit of West End magic," said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.
“Like the previous traffic-free markets, these events show North End Road in all its glory and are a great opportunity for start-up businesses. Two in five stallholders at the summer market were first-timers and a number have gone on to run stalls full time or open their own business.”
West End Musical Choir has been perfecting the song over the past few months at their base at St Peter’s Church in St Peters Terrace, Fulham. The amateurs will be joined by a number of professionals from the West End stage for the performance on Saturday 28 November.
“Before being invited to sing, I was going to come along anyway as I’m a local,” said Charlie, who lives near Munster Road.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to start feeling festive and support the local community. Bring your friends and family along. It’s going to be a great event and a lovely thing to do on a Saturday.”