Hailsham was full of festive cheer as the annual Christmas light switch-on spectacular attracted hundreds to the town centre on Saturday.
The countdown to Christmas began in Vicarage Field with a selection of seasonal favourites performed by students from Hailsham Academy Community College and Grovelands Primary School.
Hailsham entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Peter Lambert pressed the button to turn on the town’s Christmas lights alongside the winners of this year’s Best Christmas Pizza Design competition (organised by the Town Council and Dominos Pizza), Demi aged six and Hannah aged nine – both from Hellingly Primary School.
Santa and his sleigh, provided by Hailsham Rotary Club, attended to hand out free sweets to children and Christmas music was provided by Hailsham Festival FM.
Hailsham Parish Church hosted the Historic Open Church at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate was served.
“It’s wonderful to see the community come together to support the event and celebrate the start of the festive season,” said Deputy Town Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee Cllr Amanda O’Rawe, who was delighted to see so many residents and visitors go along to the event.
“The switch-on provided the perfect launch to Christmas in Hailsham and once again our events team has done us proud. Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy festive entertainment during the switch-on event which was incredible! We really got it right for the children and for families again this year.”
Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, vice-chairman of the Communities Committee, said, “I would like to thank everyone who came and watched the Christmas lightsswitch-on and made it such a cheerful and festive occasion. Thanks must also be extended to the local business who donated presents for children and provided festive refreshments at the event.
“We hope people will come to the town centre again to do a spot of Christmas shopping at this year’s Christmas Market in early December.”
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