Nominate your local Margate hero for special Christmas light switch-on reception

The Cecil Square Christmas tree back in 2018

Organisers of Margate’s Christmas light switch on and festive market are calling for people to nominate a local community leader/hero.

The chosen nominees will be invited to the Margate Christmas Lights and Market reception being held at Silvers in the High Street.

The reception is for those that live, work or volunteer in the seven Margate wards of:

Dane Valley


Cliftonville East

Cliftonville West



Margate Central

The reception is to bring local community leaders and volunteers together to celebrate the excellent work they do.

Margate Carnival organisers have teamed up with a number of organisations and a county councillor to bring the Christmas event to Cecil Square.

Cecil Square missed out on the festivities last year – although there was plenty of Christmas spirit and events in the Old Town and Cliftonville – and the covid pandemic in 2020 meant the cancellation of all large switch-on events that year.

This year funding from Kent Community Foundation, KCC Cllr Barry Lewis and Barclays plus donations of services from D R Tech Services, Thanet Virtual High Street, Creative Banana and Be On The Wall working with Margate Carnival means not just the tree but a packed light switch-on event too.

The big event takes place on November 26 and will also include a Christmas market, Santa’s grotto, live entertainment and independent traders.

The fun will run from noon to 8pm with the tree lights switched on at 6pm.

Make your nomination via the below link:

An event organiser spokesperson said: “Once we receive the nomination, we will contact the person and invite them to the reception which is being held on Saturday 26th November at 3pm.

“The form should take no longer than 2-3 minutes and if you have any difficulty or questions, please email Jack Packman at [email protected]

The deadline for nominations is Friday 4th November. Because there are limited numbers organisers say they may have to close nominations early if they receive too many responses.


  1. Didn’t think TDC had the money to cover the cost.
    Maybe they got another grant,,,, TDC run on grants, what is paid in from locals just covers there failings and oversized wages

  2. Sorry but I believe a hero is a person who puts their life in danger for the sake of of others,
    Tracey emmin and Maurice Maurice are just are just local personalities Who just get their faces in the local papers. no disrespect to either.

  3. I hope the lights are suitable for outside use ( look what happened to the lights gifted to Margate by the makers of The Film Empire of light) wonder who’s garden there lighting up now¡!!!!

  4. fred – i think that might be too much like work for those individuals , they are here for the all inclusive im afraid

    • Yes, sleeping in cardboard boxes on concrete floors, in an overcrowded building-three thousand & rising in a place designed for one thousand & contracting Diphtheria, Norovirus & Scabies is real luxury.

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