Penarth's Christmas light switch on

It certainly wasn't a Silent Night for the crowds at Penarth Town centre who merrily counted from 5 to 0 switching on the lights in the thriving coastal town.

Each year, residents and visitors flock to the local town centre to enjoy an afternoon and evening of festivities. This year welcomed carnival rides, chestnut roasting, Ebbw Vale’s Owl Centre to name but a few.

Following an unfortunate cancellation of the event in 2015, Genero had the added pressure not to disappoint spectators, the team worked to the mantra of “the show must go on”. Without fail, Genero spent a few hours rigging up a spectacular set and by 2pm on the 20th November the town was ready to deliver musical delights, a light show and a very realistic Mr and Mrs Claus.

The entertainment didn’t fail to deliver, ranging from a solo guitarist to Rock Choir; there really was something for everyone.  As one act left the stage, Genero had the challenge of quickly, but professionally, setting up the equipment for the next.

An inviting canopy for the presenters and entertainment stood in the centre of the town, surrounded by a variety of stage and theatrical lighting. Once it was time to switch the lights on, Genero put their rigged LED panels to work with a flashing countdown. On one, out blasted “I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday” accompanied by a flurry of festive artificial snow which showered the audience as they danced their way into the early evening.

The council Events and Marketing Team were so pleased with Genero’s input, they quoted “You and your team were phenomenal – thank you so much for all the hard work you put in to making our event a success. The stage and sound were really great and the thought that went into the lighting added so much. I think we definitely got Penarth into the festive mood (and me as well!)”

Pete Leckie, Managing Director of Genero commented by saying “Apparently there’s no business like show business and we had to make sure presenters and entertainers were in a safe canopy, using equipment that was weather proof – especially given the previous year’s cancellation due to the weather. We are extremely pleased we were able to light up Penarth in style”.

Photos credited to Jon Turtle.