Harmonie helps light up Bath

(Harmonie-Rose Allen pictured with mum Freya and BBC’s Ali Vowles at last night’s Milsom Street ceremony)

A very special young lady switched on the lights in Bath’s Milsom Street last night.

She’s seven-year-old Harmonie-Rose – a local girl who lost her arms and legs to meningitis and recently became the city’s Bride of Britain hero – winning the Child of Courage honour at the recent ITV-aired awards.

After battling her way through ten operations she’s running, jumping and doing gymnastics on her blades and has been busy raising thousands for the Meningitis Now charity.

Last night’s official launch of the Bath Christmas Light Trail was organised by Bath BID and – despite initial reservations in some quarters – turned out to be a great success – attracting crowds of local people.

The light trail runs from 3.30 pm every evening until New Year’s Eve.

Let’s join Allison Herbert for a recording of the event – as it happened.

I wasn’t able to stay for the reception that followed the switch-on – held in St Michaels Without Church – but l know a special gift of goodies was waiting there for Harmonie-Rose – courtesy of the neighbouring Waitrose supermarket!

The Rector of St Michaels Without, the Revd Roger Driver, with Harmonie’s gift.