THE Light Fantastic Christmas Festival gets the festive season underway in Paignton on Saturday.
The day starts with carols in Palace Avenue Gardens from 11am and coffee and mince pies available from Palace Avenue Methodist Church.
Street entertainers will bring life to the streets, including entertainment, music, magic, trapeze dancers, uni-cyclists, stilt walkers and ice statues plus folk from Oakwood and a women's choir, Yours in Harmony, and Mr Punch.
Parking all day in Torbay Council town centre car parks will be £2 as well as on Saturday, December 22.
As darkness falls at 4pm, everyone is invited to bring a paper lantern and gather in Victoria Park for a parade through Hyde Road into Torbay Road to the main stage.
The 2012 X Factor acts MK1 and Rough Copy will be on the main stage in Torbay Road, plus Malta's 2011 Euro vision finalist Totally Sophie and Palm FM will kick off the entertainment at 4.30pm.
Then at 6.30pm there are fireworks from the roof of the Apollo Cinema and much more thanks to the traders who support the Paignton town centre business improvement district.
Asbestos death of woman, 79
A RETIRED administrative officer died from an asbestos-related illness, the coroner has been told.
Jean Adelaide Cooper, 79, of New Road, Teignmouth, died at Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay on November 10.
An inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned.
It was told during the course of her working life Mrs Cooper had been exposed to asbestos.
Cause of death was mesothelioma and there were no suspicious circumstances.
Men accused of arson attack
TWO men will stand trial in January charged with damaging a house and three cars in an arson attack.
Harry Garrod, 24, of Chudleigh Knighton, and Joshua Smith, 20, of Kingsteignton, both denied committing arson and arson with intent to endanger life when they appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court.
The offences relate to an incident in Bovey Tracey on August 2.
Garrod was remanded in custody until the trial on January 29.
Smith was granted conditional bail until that date.