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Gymnast Jake Jarman who trains at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club will be switching on the Huntingdon Christmas Lights in the market square on Friday 25th November (6.30pm).

Jake is an elite gymnast who has competed internationally for England and Great Britain.

At only 20 years of age at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year he became the first EVER English male gymnast to win four gold medals at a single games.

A week later Jake made history again by being the first senior male GB gymnast to win gold on vault at the European Championships in Munich. He also took the bronze medal on floor and all-round 8th place helping GB men to take the team gold.

A spokesperson for Huntingdon Town Council said: “We welcome Jake to our annual Christmas Lights switch on as a shining ambassador from our local community, a beacon of inspiration showing what real determination and perseverance can achieve.

“We welcome the town to join us on the night to celebrate his incredible, record breaking, successes as he illuminates our town for the Festive period.”

Paul Sweeney, Huntingdon First Town Manager said: “We’re so excited to welcome Jake to the Christmas Lights switch on, his recent achievements, and at such a young age is such a powerful message to our younger community here in Huntingdon”

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Sarah Conboy, said: Christmas lights being switched on is such an exciting time of year and I am looking forward to what should be a fantastic night to usher in the Christmas spirit to our town with the help of one of Huntingdon’s very own international, golden stars in Jake.”

Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr David Landon Cole said: “I’m really excited that Huntingdon’s own multi-gold medallist, Jake Jarman, is turning on our Christmas lights – hopefully Santa will be able to get some top tips on vaulting over roaring log fires, shimmying along the tinsel, and delicately crossing the floor to drop presents off under the tree.”

The Huntingdon Christmas Market runs from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2022.

It is organised by Huntingdon Town Council with support from Huntingdon First, HCR104fm, The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell, Huntingdon Tesco Extra Community Space, the Snack Shack, and NSPCC.

 

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