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Golden Mile set to shine at Diwali switch-on

Last year's Diwali light switch-on attracted around 35,000 people Photo: ITV Central

The world famous Diwali light switch-on celebrations in Leicester's Golden Mile will take place tonight.

This year's Hindu event takes place from 6pm in Leicester's Belgrave Road and organisers are promising a lively programme of entertainment including classical Indian and Bollywood music, ahead of the lights being switched on at 7.30pm.

The light switch-on in the Golden Mile is a world famous event Credit: ITV Central

Guests invited to switch on the lights include the City Mayor Peter Soulsby, President of Leicester Hindu Festival Council Maganbhai P Patel OBE, Jashvant Chauhan OBE.

Once the lights have been switched on the celebrations will move to nearby Cossington Street Recreation Ground for a firework and a laser show from 8.00pm

"Every year we welcome many thousands of people to the Golden Mile to share in this special event. I would encourage anyone who has never joined the celebrations before to come along and experience the wonderful atmosphere for themselves."

– Councillor Piara Singh Clair

Leicester's Diwali celebrations are organised by Leicester City Council and the Leicester Hindu Festival Council.

The illuminations along the Golden Mile are made up of 1,000 metres of garland and include over 6,000 lamps.

Last year's Diwali Lights switch-on event attracted around 35,000 people.

Belgrave Road will be closed to traffic for the event on Sunday (Nov 4) from 5.30pm, with Belgrave Flyover closing at 11.30am to allow for the stage set up. The roads will reopen at 9.30pm.

The council have produced a Diwali guide for this year's celebrations Credit: ITV Central

A special evening park and ride service will also be in operation for the event from Birstall.

For more information visit the council website.

The city council has also produced a Diwali guide, which is available free of charge from shops and businesses in Belgrave Road, and from the Visit Leicester centre on Gallowtree Gate.