PREPARATIONS are underway for this year's Christmas lights switch-on event.

Somerset West and Taunton Council is getting ready to announce details of this year's festivities.

The town faced two years of no switch-on events, until the return of the occasion last year with 'Winterfest, which saw fairground rides line the streets of the town centre, as well as food stalls and entertainment.

The 2018 event saw war hero Jim booth turn on the lights after the town nominated him as a 'community hero'.

D-Day veteran Jim Booth suffered life-threatening injuries after a vicious unprovoked attack in his home in 2017.

The community recognised Jim for his services and his community spirit as they selected him to switch on the lights alongside then-mayor Catherine Herbert.

Following the event, the town praised the council for choosing a local hero to switch on the lights, as opposed to a low-list 'celebrity'.

While no official details have been announced for this year's event, the council has confirmed it will take place on Sunday, November 24.

A spokesperson for the council says there is still planning to do, and details will be released at a later date.

In the meantime, a Facebook event for Taunton WinterFest 2019 has been created.