To celebrate Plymouth’s big Christmas Lights Switch On, We’re staying open late until 9.30pm Thursday 14th November!
We’re hoping to see crowds of people out in the city centre out next thursday evening to enjoy the big switch on of the Christmas lights and the wonderful lantern parade. It could be a chilly one, so if you get peckish, why not pop in and celebrate the start of Christmas 2013 with nice hot pasty!
Find out all about the inspiring local young man chosen to turn on Plymouth’s Christmas lights in the Plymouth Herald article below..
Awards nominee Ash chosen to switch on Plymouth Christmas lights 2013!
By Plymouth Herald November 5th 2013
AN INSPIRATIONAL Plymouth teenager who is overcoming a serious debilitating condition in his bid to compete at the Paralympics in Rio has been chosen to turn on the city’s Christmas Lights, writes Louise Thomas.
Thousands of people are expected to gather in the city centre to see 16-year-old Ash Jackson (pictured right), Pride of Plymouth nominee, light up the city’s streets at the official Christmas switch-on on November 14. The teenager, who is unable to walk, will follow a long list of notable names who have been chosen to switch-on Plymouth’s lights.
And it is an honour that has left the unassuming youngster feeling overwhelmed.
“I didn’t expect this at all,” Ash said. “I am nervous to be honest and it will interesting to say the least.
“It came totally out of the blue and I am looking forward to it.”
Ash, from Plymstock, will have less than an hour between switching on the lights and attending The Herald’s Pride of Plymouth Awards ceremony at The Duke of Cornwall hotel, where he has been nominated in the Young Hero category (see above).
Ash was born with serious abnormalities to his legs and spine and his parents were told he would never walk.
But after 14 operations – nearly one for every year of his life – Ash defied all the odds, astounded health professionals and has now set his sights on hand-cycling and becoming the city’s next top Paralympian.
“I wanted to send out a message to people, to disabled people, to say you do not have to feel that your life is over. You can go out there and do something that other people didn’t think you would be about to do. For me it is something to do and focus on.”
It is this determination that has seen Ash hailed as an inspiration to others. But for the Plymstock teenager the recognition is totally unexpected.
“It has all been a whirlwind to be honest,” he said. “I didn’t expect any of this, I was hoping to try and stay out of the spotlight but that’s not happened!”