Hailsham was full of festive cheer at the weekend as the annual Christmas light switch-on spectacular attracted hundreds to the town centre.
The countdown to Christmas began in Vicarage Field on Saturday with a repertoire of seasonal favourites performed by pupils from Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School.
Santa was also in attendance accepting letters from children and giving out sweets, and an ample supply of festive refreshments including mince pies and mulled wine were available – kindly provided by Tesco and from which money raised went to charity.
Ruby Rose Wisbey, aged five, and Len Senier, 10, joint winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition organised by the Town Council and Dominos Pizza, then had the honour of switching on the Christmas tree and town centre lights with Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley.
Cllr Bentley said, “Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy traditional mulled wine, mince pies and festive entertainment on offer before and after the switch-on.
“Once again our events team has done us proud and we have had a great celebration to switch on the Christmas lights.”
Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, Chairman of the Town Council’s Festivities and Events Committee, said, “It was wonderful to see the community come together on Saturday to celebrate the start of the festive season and I hope the Christmas trees and lights help to create an amazing atmosphere in the town centre, giving pleasure to residents and visitors alike.”
Deputy Town Mayor and Vice-Chairman of the Festivities and Events Committee Cllr Amanda O’Rawe said, “The Christmas lights switch-on has really kick-started the festive season for everyone and the success of the event goes to prove that the Town Council continues to work hard making the town’s Christmas lighting scheme better each year.”
For further information on Christmas events organised by Hailsham Town Council, please contact Karen Moralee on 01323 841702.