Pontypridd Christmas Lights Switch-On


Thursday 19th November


That's when Pontypridd town centre went 'up in lights' with the Big 2009 Christmas Lights Switch-On!


This years event was bigger and better than ever before, with a host of entertainers, free children’s rides, face painting, a fantastic pyrotechnics show, the GTFM roadshow - and of course a visit from the

man of the moment – Santa himself!

Miraculously too, the weather stayed dry for the festivities in an otherwise very unsettled week!

Some of the Gtfm crew wore fancy dress this year too and we are very grateful to

Gwyneth Whiles for personally making them all.

For example, Jamie Pritchard  was appropriately dressed as Winnie The Pooh's bouncy friend Tigger.......

......here he is (left) with special guest Scooby Doo, as he presented Gtfm Drive Time live from

Taff Street before the main Roadshow, setting the festive mood.

.....and here he is again, joined by two Elves aka Jacob Strong (left - Roadshow co-host, Gtfm Drive Time presenter and BBC Radio Wales Breakfast Travel reporter) and Gavin (right - presenter of Something For The Weekend & Afternoon Delight).

During the main Roadshow (hosted by 'larger than life' mc Spike) the lucky winners of

this years Christmas card competition and the town’s Mayor flicked the switch to turn on

this year's town centre lights. The winner was Christopher Dunn (aged 3 years, 11 months)

from Rhydyfelin Nursery, where supply teacher Jane Morris (who thought-up the idea) and the rest of the school were suitably thrilled and proud. The second and third prize winners were Chloe Fogarty and Oliver Chandra (both aged 5) from Trallwn Infant School.

Also, check out these videos! (mp4 files, when you've watched press 'Back' to return to this page)

1. Snowing in Taff Street!   2. Scooby Doo Boogie   3. Gtfm Fancy Dress Crew

These video's were shot by Drive Time presenter Mark on his phone!

The whole magical event was organised by Pontypridd Town Council. On their behalf Jan Fry asked us to send special thanks to all concerned, especially the shops which stayed open late specially, local businesses including the Market Company, Nat West Bank, Billy Freeman & Son (fun-fair), and the British Heart Foundation shop in Taff Street.

Gtfm would also like to thank Gwyneth Whiles for the fab costumes, Travis Perkins for the loan of a generator,

JPL for the staging, a host of staff and volunteers led by Wendy and - of course - MC Spike. In turn, he'd like to thank his volunteer Tech Crew, all first year 'Live Event Technology' students at the University of Glamorgan. They are: Louisa Nicholls; Tom Davies; Louise Jenkins and Matthew Williams (Set 2); Bridget Pegler (Set 3) and Ed Hall (Set 1), encouraged by lecturers Rob Locke and Stuart Green.