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A touch of magic in Mansfield this Christmas

Santa and the stars of the Cinderella pantomime will arrive at The Big Switch On in style as magical unicorns pull a pumpkin carriage along Westgate.

The parade, which travels along Westgate from St John Street to the entrance to the Four Seasons shopping centre, will start at 2pm. This forms part of The Big Switch On event which takes place on Sunday 17 November in Mansfield town centre. Other attractions on the day include craft workshops in the Four Seasons shopping centre, a Christmas concert on Queen Street and screening of The Polar Express in the market place.

The day will finish off with a live stage show from 3.30pm until 5pm in the market place featuring the Ghost Academy band and the internationally renowned Cantamus Girl’s Choir.

A dedicated viewing area for wheelchair users will be available at the parade and the main stage show. To book a place, call 01623 463 733. Places must be booked in advance and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Big Switch On night marks the start of late night shopping in the town centre with shops open late on Thursdays from 21 November.

The event is organised by the Mansfield Christmas Lights Committee, which includes Mansfield District Council, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield 103.2, Mansfield BID and the Chad, and our supporting partners 6 five 2s Taxis.

Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: “We’ve got lots of new and interesting things happening at The Big Switch On this year and we hope lots of people will come down to the town centre to celebrate with us.”

Mansfield man in quest to raise £10,000 for Macmillan

A deputy head of a Mansfield Primary School is making it his mission to run 1,000 miles by May 2014 and raise £10,000 for charity.


Andy Callaghan-Wetton, of Berry Hill, wants to run the miles to show his support for cancer sufferers everywhere who deal with the devastating disease every day.

In the past Andy has taken part in lots of charity challenges but now he is undergoing the day-by-day challenge for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The 34-year-old father of two said completing a one off challenge like a marathon is tough, but he wants to take on the 1,000 miles over a year to show his support for people with cancer every day.

“We have all been affected by cancer in some way, whether directly or indirectly, which is why I have always focused on cancer charities.

“I decided to proactively raise money after a little girl in my class was diagnosed with leukemia.

“Then I had a grandparent die from lung cancer and over the years things have happened that have made me want to support cancer charities,” the Wynndale Primary School teacher said.

Over the year Andy will complete 40 marathons.

He will hit the 500 mile mark in October.

Andy is yet to complete a Miles for Macmillan family walk on 7th September through Clumber Park, the Robin Hood half marathon on 29th September, the Keyworth Turkey Trot on 8th December, Wilmslow Half marathon on 23rd March 2014 and finally he will hit the 1,000 mile mark with the London marathon on 13th April next year.

“I have a detemination to get through and raise as much as I can knowing that the money is desperately needed by Macmillan so they can continue to do their good work.

“I have also been inspired by many people around me including friends, family and the children I teach who deal with cancer, they will spur me on every day.”

To help Andy on his quest to raise £10,000 you can Text JACW99 £1 to 70070 or visit his Justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Callaghan-Wetton1/.

Get Andy’s challenge trending on Twitter by using the hashtag #1000miles1yearMacmillan.

Andy would like to thank Browns Bistro in Mansfield who are already supporting his cause.

If you would like to get involved in his Macmillan challenge contact Andy on 07762901055. Chad will be following his journey to the 1,000 mile mark.

In the beginning…

6 Five 2′s is a friendly, family run taxi company, which has been in operation for over 15 years. The company is operated and owned by Mrs Julie and Mr John Davis, with help from their two daughters Dawn and Denice as well as their two sons Stuart and Simon.Humble Beginnings

John started the business over 15 years ago when he bought an existing taxi company called A2B, the business itself was situated on Sibthorpe St Mansfield with 5 cars and 3 members of office staff. John was also one of the drivers for the firm as well as helping to keep the cars in tip top condition to comply with strict taxi regulations.

Julie was a member of the office team and also put in a lot of hours and hard work running the business and keeping up with the paperwork and general day to day operations.

Needless to say the small firm blossomed and become very popular with the public so the business was expanded.

Telephone Number Origin

As the phone number for the business was altered and ’22222′ was made the priority number, John changed the business name from A2B to Five 2′s to suit the number, it became memorable and as our name is our number this in turn became our slogan.

We are still known by some of our local customers as A2B and we are still in phone books and on internet sites as A2B, the traditions of the previous name were kept. Our expanded fleet of 30 private hire and hackney vehicles now operated in Mansfield and the Ashfield area.

A few years later when phone numbers were altered and were made one digit longer, the 6 was put before the ’22222′ therefore becoming 6 Five 2′s.