HUNDREDS of people gathered in Emsworth for a memorable evening as the Christmas lights were switched on.
Crowds watched last night (November 28), as four-year-old Esme Howard from St James Primary School switched on the lights in St Peter’s Square.
The whole community enjoyed an evening of merriment, which also benefited local businesses, which stayed open late, and the town’s pubs, which filled with people after the event.
Jackie Branson, from Havant Rotary Club, which organises Santa’s sleigh, said: “We have had the band playing and children singing from local schools.
“Emsworth is great at these community events. It’s stunning the way people come out every time.”
Children from Thorney Island school, Emsworth Primary, and St James entertained the crowds with carols.
The lights are paid for by Emsworth Business Association. Lulu Bowerman, one of the organisers, said: “There’s great community spirit and it gets better every year.
“We are lucky because we have the Square and it’s a natural place for people to gather. It’s the first event where everyone starts to celebrate Christmas.”
The event is the first of a month of festivities in the town, including Winter markets and the Emsworth Concert Band Christmas concert this weekend.