The son of a young woman who passed away earlier this year has been picked to turn on Falmouth’s Christmas lights this Thursday. 

Four-year-old Albie Cook was chosen from a wide array of nominations to turn on the lights following the sudden death of his mother Sophie Cook in March.

Following Sophie’s death, a JustGiving page was launched to raise money for Albie’s future. The total now stands at £26,550.

A spokesperson from Falmouth Town Council explained why they decided to pick Albie. They said: “Albie has experienced the sudden loss of his mum in March this year, so could not be more deserving of the opportunity to experience a little joy along with his family this coming Thursday.”

Falmouth Packet: Sophie and her 'special little boy' Albie Sophie and her 'special little boy' Albie (Image: JustGiving)Albie’s grandmother, Kate Condy said it was a “wonderful opportunity” for Albie. She said: “Albie is doing amazing, and we are all very proud of him.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity and a special memory. We are all very proud and excited.

“We are also hoping some of our family who live in Surrey will be able to make it down to watch Albie turn on the lights.”

The Christmas Lights Switch-on will begin at approximately 5.30pm when the Christmas parade leaves Event Square and makes its way to The Moor. Local choirs, bands, and schools will perform on the stage before Albie switches on the lights at 7.30pm.

Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager said: “We would like to thank all those who took the time to send in nominations this year.

“The Christmas lights switch-on promises to be a special event once again and we are very pleased that Albie has been nominated by the local community to switch the lights on.”

Falmouth Christmas Lights Switch-on evening schedule:

5.30pm – The Rock Choir will perform festive favourites on The Moor.

5.40pm – The Falmouth Christmas parade led by Kernow Pipes and Drums leaves Event’s Square and marches through the main streets to The Moor.

6.15pm – Local school groups arrive on The Moor to perform carols and festive songs. This is a traditional part of Falmouth’s Light Switch-on and really brings the community together.

7pm – The big switch on by Albie and his family and friends.

8pm – Performances continue on the stage courtesy of Sing Choir and Viva Voce.

For more information on Falmouth’s Christmas events including the Falmouth Festive Weekend on December 9 and 10 can be found at