Olympian Jo Pavey to switch on Sidmouth’s new Christmas lights

Olympian, Jo Pavey, was guest of honour who was invited to switch on Honiton's Christmas lights this

Olympian, Jo Pavey, was guest of honour who was invited to switch on Honiton's Christmas lights this year. Ref mhh 2082-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton. - Credit: Archant

The ‘supermum’ will be signing copies of her book in Winstone’s bookshop

Sidmouth’s brand new set of Christmas lights will be switched on by Jo Pavey – a record-breaking five-time Olympian – tomorrow (Saturday).

Sidmouth Town Council sought out a new supplier for the lights after some expressed disappointment at the quality of last year’s display.

Town clerk Christopher Holland said: “This year sees a brand new lighting display, provided by experienced experts Torbay Lights.

“Since the end of the previous supplier’s contract, the town council and Torbay Lights have been working hard to ensure that the funding from the council shows off as much of the town as possible for the festive period.”


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‘Supermum’-of-two Jo ran at her fifth Olympic Games in Rio over the summer and tells her life story in a new book, This Mum Runs.

She will be signing copies at Winstone’s book shop at 4.30pm, when local band Beautiful Blue Mac will be kicking off the festivities in Market Place.

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The long-distance runner will be flicking the switch at 5.30pm, when she will also draw the ‘golden ticket’ – a £100 voucher generously donated by Gliddons Toys.

Retired businessman Richard Eley has distributed thousands of tickets to Sid Valley schools but children must be at the event in person to be able to put their ticket stub into a hat to be drawn.

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