Selsey’s lights fantastic

Crowds at Christmas Tree''C111865-3 Selsey Lights
Crowds at Christmas Tree''C111865-3 Selsey Lights

Hundreds of people packed the High Street in Selsey for the annual festive lights switch-on.

An impressive array of lights now hang brightly along the busy road, including the 30ft ‘angel of the south’ at St Peter’s Church.

A huge amount of on- and off-stage entertainment was provided during the switch-on ceremony on November 26, as well as a Santa’s grotto.

Selsey town clerk Gill Jennings said: “The lights get better and better every year. If you look down the High Street it just looks lovely.”

Andrew Lindsay, part of the Selsey Illuminations group, was in charge of organising the entertainment for this year’s ceremony. He was pleased with the outcome.

“It was a good event and it went down really well,” he said. “We upped things a lot in terms of entertainment, the bands and choirs were well received.

“It was nice to see the everybody getting into the Christmas spirit. It was a nice feeling because of all the hard work we put into it.”

Selsey councillor Roland O’Brien said the lights ‘jollies everything up’.

He said: “The lights are absolutely fantastic. The people who sorted it all out really should be congratulated.

“For a place the size of Selsey it is a fantastic showing. It’s mainly done through voluntary donations and people giving up lots of time to do it. It is something to be proud of.”

Mrs Jennings added: “Thanks goodness the weather was good for all of us. There was a lot of entertainment this year on stage and some different stalls. There was something for everybody.”