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FOI 7848

Celebrities Turning on Christmas Lights

Request

I would like to know whether your council has paid for the services of any celebrity or local personality to either turn on or appear at the turning on of the Christmas lights in your town over the last 10 years. If possible, could the information be broken down as follows:

· The NAME of the celebrity/celebrities.

· The COST of hiring their services.

· The YEAR in which they appeared.

In order to keep this request as easy for you as possible, I am not looking for total costs of the event or any other Christmas decorations. However, if there was an event featuring a celebrity appearance put on by another organisation than the council, I would be very grateful if you could provide me with the name of that organisation so I can contact them directly.

Response

I would like to know whether your council has paid for the services of any celebrity or local personality to either turn on or appear at the turning on of the Christmas lights in your town over the last 10 years. If possible, could the information be broken down as follows:

• The NAME of the celebrity/celebrities.
Janey Lee Grace
Gloria Hunniford

• The COST of hiring their services.
Janey Lee Grace £500
Gloria Hunniford £500 contribution to her chosen charity

• The YEAR in which they appeared.
Janey Lee Grace 2007
Gloria Hunniford 2008

Since 2008 there have been no celebrities switching on the Christmas Lights.

In order to keep this request as easy for you as possible, I am not looking for total costs of the event or any other Christmas decorations. However, if there was an event featuring a celebrity appearance put on by another organisation than the council, I would be very grateful if you could provide me with the name of that organisation so I can contact them directly.

I can only supply you with information that relates to Brentwood Borough Council, I do not know of any other organisation that featured a celebrity appearance.