Christmas begins in Old Town on November 24 with the big festive lights switch-on.

This year’s theme is 'being inspired', which is reflected in the guests who will be turning on the lights.

One of those taking to the stage is former solider Corie Mapp, who lost both of his legs in at IED blast while serving in Afghanistan. He is a gold medal winning GB athlete in para-bobsleigh and has competed in two Invictus Games.

Tabitha Green, a deaf 10-year-old with autism, will help turn on the lights alongside 14-year-old Victoria Brown, who has just finished two and a half years of treatment for Leukaemia

Events co-organiser James Marshman said: “Old Town is all about community spirit and so to turn on our lights we want people to be inspired by our stars who achieve tremendous amounts despite their own challenges.

“We are really excited to have Tabitha, Victoria and Corie with us and I hope that Swindon residents will come up to see Old Town in all its glory.”

The event, which takes place between 12 noon and 5.30pm, will also see music and dance acts perform throughout the day, including The Croft Primary School, singer songwriter Jordan Marvell and Phoebe Maddison.

Wilkes Academy will be headlining the event, showcasing some of the best singing and dancing talent in the UK.

Food and drink from some Old Town businesses, including Gurtwings and Dotty’s Café, will be on offer as well as other activities – including a Santa’s grotto.