The Falmouth Christmas lights switch on is happening tonight, here's everything you need to know about the event.

The evening will follow a similar format to 2019, with the parade leaving Events Square and Discovery Quay at around 5.30pm to 5.40pm.

It will then move up through the town to The Moor, where various performances will take place including the primary school children on the stage.

The lights switch on will be at 7pm and, in traditional Falmouth community style, not one but two people have been nominated to do the honour.

Andrea Fifield and Pete Marland were nominated to do the illuminating task after they gave up their time during lockdown to make scrubs for the NHS, while they were at home unable to work.

The two will be featuring on the big stage on The Moor when the time comes for the big switch on.

Speaking to The Packet about the nomination, Andrea said: "We are feeling really overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen by the public to be switching on the Falmouth Christmas lights this year.

"We are very humbled after having looked at some of the reasons why we have been nominated.

"The scrubs part of our life was the one of the only things that kept us going throughout the darkest times in the first lock down.

"The full reason for the pair being chosen can be summed up in one of the nominations, which read: "I would like to nominate Andrea Fifield and Pete Marland to turn the Christmas lights on in Falmouth this year.

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"I feel these two both deserve this opportunity and magical moment, they are the most selfless people I know.

"During the pandemic, like many, life was really tough. Both had to be at home and unable to work; this was a really worrying time for them both.

"However, instead of sitting back worrying they both decided to do something to use their time and help others.

They decided to start sewing.

"They began sewing scrubs for the NHS.

"They spent many hours doing this and not only sewing and creating them, they delivered to hospitals and people in need of them as well.

"They did this for many months to ensure shortages were not made.

"As well as sewing these they also sewed bags out of waste fabric and delivered them to a local charity for them to sell in their shops and raise funds for the particular charity.

"Along with all of these dedicated unpaid hours they provided they also checked upon the community seeing if anyone was in need of any help and regularly checking in.

"These two people's act of kindness has blown me away.

"It’s really amazing."

Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager said: "The Christmas Lights Switch-on is a real testament to the strength of Falmouth’s community spirit and we as a team, feel that this year’s event is more important than ever.

"Thanks to Gwyn Richards and his team from Reach Maintenance who have been busy working to install the display."