Stockbridge was delighted to welcome Piers Morgan to turn on the Christmas lights on the first Friday of December. Thousands of people turned out on a perfect wintery evening to join in the festive fun and to support our local hero – Alex Lewis. From the Christingle service for the Children’s Society to carol singing, fire eaters to jugglers, sausages to pizzas, Father Christmas to hand bell ringers, 2 choirs to the Test Valley Brass and so much more, there was entertainment up and down the High Street. ITV Meridian came to film the event live for its early evening programme.
However – things didn’t go entirely to plan! At the appointed hour Piers started the countdown with the huge crowd outside the church and pushed the plunger and nothing happened. The crowd roared with laughter and a somewhat surprised Piers implored the crowd not to inform his onscreen wife, Susanna Reid of his “failure”!
Within a few minutes the church’s faulty socket was bypassed, and the lights came on to huge cheers! Piers Morgan then walked the High Street meeting thousands of people before he went to a dinner at the Greyhound on the Test where 6 people had bid in an online auction to have dinner with him and Alex Lewis, a quadruple amputee, to raise funds for the Alex Lewis Trust. Substantial funds have been raised so far.
Monday mornings Good Morning Britain was dominated by Piers’ experience in Stockbridge. The Meridian footage was played over and over again and Piers came up with a conspiracy theory involving Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins who used to work with the Meridian presenter, Richard Slee. Another mention for Stockbridge was on Have I Got News For You, throwing more shame on poor Piers! Alex Lewis was interviewed by Piers and Susanna at the end of the programme, further shedding light on this inspirational young father.
For more information on the Alex Lewis Trust please visit www.alex-lewis.co.uk/