Friday night’s switching on of the Christmas lights proved to be a festive knockout when boxing legend Frank Bruno was revealed as the special celebrity hired to light up the town.
With speculation about who the special guest would be buzzing about Leighton for weeks, extra excitement was added to the ceremony.
One of the event organisers, Gennaro Borelli, chair of LB First, said: “Frank Bruno proved to be a popular choice and the crowd in the High Street let off a huge roar when he was introduced to the spectators which must have been heard in Milton Keynes!”
He added: “A very big thank you to our star guest ex-world heavyweight champion. He was an absolute gentleman and added that special touch by switching on our Christmas lights this year.”
Other guests on the stage that evening included South West Beds MP Andrew Selous, the Mayor Cllr Ray Berry and Mayoress Mrs Berry, and Gennaro Borelli representing LB First.
Mr Berry said: “The town council is very proud of our town and we take every opportunity to celebrate the High Street.”
He went on to thank both council staff and LB First for putting together a top-notch event.
A town council spokesman said that the event was organised to promote the appeal of the High Street.
He said: “Leighton Buzzard’s High Street is a vibrant shopping centre where people can find quality gifts in our independent shops and satisfy their weekly shopping needs.
“Having a bit of fun to promote the town gives the message of a warm welcome and level of service that other places do not have.”
Mr Borelli added: “Once again the Leighton Buzzard Christmas Festival was a huge success with a packed town centre full of people enjoying the festive atmosphere.
“Over the three days, the town was bustling with families as they took advantage to do some Christmas shopping.”
> See the December 2 issue of the LBO for more pictures from the festival weekend