STUNTMAN Gary Connery will help launch the Henley Living Advent Calendar tomorrow (Saturday).
Organisers aren’t saying exactly what his involvement will be but that it will be “spectacular”.
Mr Connery, of Station Road, Henley, was the man who parachuted from a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium at London 2012 dressed as the Queen.
His appearance in Market Place will be followed by the first performance of this year’s calendar from 6.15pm to 6.30pm.
Julie Perigo, chairman of the Living Advent Calendar, said: “Normally we don’t reveal our performers in advance, so as to keep the surprise element.
“We can’t tell you exactly what Gary will do but he is going to make this a unique start to a unique event. If you liked him as the Queen parachuting into the Olympics, you’ll enjoy this evening, so come along to watch.”
Each night between tomorrow and Christmas Eve, there will be a range of surprise performances at various venues around the town.
Free Christmas treats will be given out at many of the venues and there will be red beanie hats on sale.
Collections will be made on behalf of three charities, the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed, Camp Mohawk, near Wargrave, and the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.
Tickets will be on sale at each performance for a raffle with 30 prizes donated by local pubs, restaurants, clothes stores and other
The venues are as follows (partners in brackets): December 1 Henley town hall (Joules and Loch Fyne); 2 Phyllis Court Club (Copas Traditional Turkeys); 3 Hobbs’ New Orleans (Chocolate Theatre Café); 4 Simmons & Sons, Bell Street (Elizabeth Cleall Interiors); 5 Chiltern House Business Centre, Station Road (CHBC companies); 6 Deep Clothing, Reading Road (Brook House Interiors); 7 Leander Club (Boatique and Confetti & Spice); 8 Henley Youth Centre, Deanfield Avenue (Ward Consultancy); 9 Green Olive restaurant, Market Place (Eight Ray Music); 10 Henley fire station, West Street (the Row Barge pub); 11 Henley library (Friends of Badgemore School); 12 Angel on the Bridge (Copas Partnership); 13 River and Rowing Museum (Sothebys International Realty); 14 d:two, Market Place (Kench & Co); 15 La Barca restaurant, Station Road (Act 1 interior design); 16 Lovibonds brewery, Greys Road car park (Gabriel Machin); 17 King’s Arms Barn (Cook); 18 Christ Church Centre, Reading Road (Kench & Co); 19 Kenton Theatre, New Street (Bell Bookshop); 20 Delegate, Hart Street (Best of Henley); 21 Marine Reserve HQ, Friday Street (Bucaroo and Hot Gossip); 22 The Fire Station Gallery, Upper Market Place (Henley Shutters); 23 The Argyll pub, Market Place (County Wills and Probate); 24 St Mary’s Church.
Flyers and posters for this year’s Henley Living Advent Calendar will be available at all the venues, churches, shops and pubs as well as the tourist information centre at the town hall.
They were designed by Megan Parker, Stephanie Barnes and Amy Lovell, pupils at Gillotts School, who undertook the project as part of the Henley Young Partnership’s mini-work experience initiative. Business studies teacher Sarah Price said: “Having the opportunity to get students involved in a real-life work experience task is crucial in developing their lifelong learning skills as well as giving them an immensely valuable boost to their future employability.”
The Living Advent Calendar is a joint initiative between the Henley Partnership and Henley Town Council and is sponsored by the Henley Standard/Higgs Group as well as Invesco Perpetual, the Head Partnership, Sothebys International Realty, Towergate Insurance and South Oxfordshire District Council.
For more information, visit www.livingadventcalendar.co.uk