SPONSORS and supporters of this year's Henley Living Advent Calendar attended the official launch last night.
Now in its fifth year, the festive charity fund-raiser will involve 24 half-hour performances by singers, dancers and other acts each evening from December 1 to Christmas Eve.
The launch took place at Henley town hall in Market with a drinks reception and raffle.
Mayor Lorraine Hillier said: ?It is a fantastic occasion and we are so lucky to have something so exciting happening every night throughout December. It also gives such a boost to the local economy.
"Do encourage your friends to come along ? I am really looking forward to it.?
Chairman Richard Rodway said: ?The calendar is five this year and was the first of its kind in the UK. It has won a Towns Alive award, a Big Society award from David Cameron and it regularly featured in national media features about the 10 best Christmas attractions.
?It is now being replicated by lots of local towns and further afield but this is Henley - we were the original and we are the best.
"It brings together a cross-section of the community ? schools, businesses, community groups and charities and highlights parts of Henley which are the hidden gems.?
The performers are not revealed until they appear but Mr Rodway said: ?We have a typically diverse range.?
He thanked all the sponsors, hosts and supporters for all their help with the event.
The calendar will be raising money for a different charity each night with bucket collections. Each performance is free to watch.
The event?s main sponsor is Higgs Group, publisher of the Henley Standard, and a brochure with all the details of each night?s entertainment will be distributed through the paper.
The causes to have signed up to the event so far include Bishopswood Special School in Sonning Common, the Henley Regatta for the Disabled, youth and community group Nomad, Riverside Counselling, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children, Henley Music School, Sue Ryder and the Henley Festival Trust.
The venues for each night?s entertainment are as follows:
|1. Town hall steps;
2. Regal Picturehouse, Boroma Way;
3. Early Rider, Newtown estate;
4. Friday Street;
5. Leander Club;
6. Phyllis Court Club;
7. d:two Centre, Market Place;
8. Angel on the Bridge;
9. Simmons & Son, Bell Street;
10. Market Place;
11. Town hall;
12. Christ Church Centre, Reading Road;
|13. Hotel du Vin, New Street;
14. Bull on Bell Street;
15. The Henley College, Deanfield Avenue;
16. River and Rowing Museum;
17. Town hall;
18. Delegate House, Hart Street;
19. Henley fire station, West Street;
20. d:two centre, Market Place;
21. Henley Cricket Club, Matson Drive;
22. Market Place;
23. Market Place;
24. St Mary?s Church.
For more information, visit www.livingadventcalendar.co.uk