Lighting-up time for Emsworth and Selsey

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Two Christmas light extravaganzas took place in Emsworth and Selsey at the weekend, attracting hundreds of visitors to the streets.

Father Christmas paid a visit to Emsworth on Friday night, and families with young children enjoyed carols, a grotto and a real nativity scene with donkeys.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, chairman of the Emsworth Business Association, said: “The light switch-on was a beautiful event, and very successful. It was a real community day, organised by the community for the community.

“We had more than 500 peole turn up which was really good, and we are really pleased. We couldn’t have done it without the Co-op community fund who provided the lights, Rotary, the Emsworth Community Association, the Church, and our organiser, Carol Haskett.”

Switching on the Christmas lights was Jeff Crate, a Havant borough councillor.

Selsey illuminated with beautiful Christmas lights at the Saturday evening switch-on.

There was entertainment from musicians and a marching band, and special guest Ray Mariner switched on the lights to applause.

Most shops stayed open late and were well attended, although organisers said the event had to be on a smaller scale than usual because fewer people volunteered than in previous years. They added that anybody wanting to volunteer for next year’s event should contact Selsey Illuminations.

Arundel is getting ready to welcome the festive season with the Arundel by Candelight event on Saturday.

A variety of entertainment will be on offer all afternoon, including live music and Christmas stalls, and some of the town’s shops will have late-night opening.

The event will be run by Arundel chamber of commerce, and the Arundel Barnham and District Lions club.