By Matthew Chandler
The installation of the Christmas lights which will decorate Leicester city centre this Christmas began last weekend.
On Sunday, contractors started to put up decorations around the main shopping streets of the city and to check the 16,000 lamps illuminating Leicester in late November and December.
For the fourth consecutive year, the council has spent £50,000 updating the stock of decorations on display around the city, with the theme this year being ‘White Christmas’.
In the new market square, a Christmas tree five metres high will be put in place, while garlands will be strung between the square’s lamp columns.
The Christmas lights in Leicester will be switched on on Thursday, November 22, as part of a packed evening of entertainment starting at 5pm.
For the first time, the event will be televised and will be shown on the 6pm news programme on ITV Central.