The countdown to Christmas in Hailsham began in Vicarage Field on Saturday with the traditional switch-on of the town’s festive lights.
Mika Riches, five, and Emily Cole, 10, joint winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition organised by Hailsham Town Council and Dominos Pizza, had the honour of switching on the Christmas tree and town centre lights near the war memorial after a warm-up from the Warbleton Brass Band. The youngsters were helped out by Mayor Jo Bentley and antique expert from Dickinson’s Real Deal celebrity Ian Towning, who was auctioning on behalf of Sussex Air Ambulance.
Dominos staff added to the seasonal atmosphere by handing out complimentary slices of pizza slices to the crowd.
Cllr Bentley said, “The Christmas lights switch-on is always a radiant affair which regularly attracts great crowds to the town centre.
“It’s all about bringing the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their friends and family. It was great to see people getting into the swing of things and I hope the festive lighting helps create an amazing atmosphere in Hailsham, giving pleasure to both residents and visitors to the town.”
Lucia Singh from Dominos said, “Myself and the Dominos Hailsham team were really pleased to get involved in this local event. The designs from the kids were great.”
• Hailsham’s Christmas Extravaganza takes place on Saturday December 14 from 9am in the town centre. The event will include a number of stalls selling a wide range of local and regional goods and Father Christmas and his sleigh, courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club and Asda.
For further information call 841702 (during office hours) or log on to www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk