Slide show: Crowds flock to Polegate Dickensian Christmas

Polegate was transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland when the town’s Christmas lights were switched on at the weekend - in a very Dickensian way.

Crowds gathered outside Polegate railway station on Saturday (December 7) for the grand arrival of Father Christmas, who had hopped on a Southern train from Lapland for the town’s Dickensian Christmas celebrations.

Polegate Dickensian Christmas. Pictures by Dan Dunbar.

Polegate Dickensian Christmas. Pictures by Dan Dunbar.

The celebrations were officially opened by Hailsham Town Crier, Geoff Rowe, before Christmas tunes filled the air, performed by the Kingfisher Scout Band.

There was clapping and smiles all around as the Long Man Morris Men performed followed by the South Downs Singers.

Some people also wore beautiful Victorian and Dickensian costumes in a bid to scoop a prize.

Stalls offered Christmas treats and cakes as well as crafts, jewellery, jams and pickles, cards, calendars, tombola, hot chestnuts and the Mayor’s Special Raffle.

The Polegate and District Miniature Railway also offered train rides on the day.

John ‘Dobbo’ Dobson turned on the Christmas lights accompanied by Polegate Mayor Cllr Malcolm Cunningham.

John was given Polegate Town Council’s annual Civic Award in September.

A bricklayer and roofer, John is a well known personality in the town.

He made Polegate his home after marrying his wife Sandra and is well known for his love of the town and his tireless support for the community.

Polegate’s Dickensian Christmas was in association with Polegate Town Council.

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Photographs taken by Dan Dunbar.