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 Friday [25 November] with a repertoire of seasonal favourites performed by students from Hailsham Community College Academy and Grovelands Community Primary School.
Acclaimed photographer Anthony Penrose pressed the button to turn on the town’s Christmas lights alongside the winners of this year’s Best Christmas Pizza Design competition (organised by the Town Council and Dominos’ Pizza), two pupils from Hellingly Primary School.
Santa & his Sleigh, provided by Hailsham Rotary Club, attended to hand out free sweets to children and Christmas music was provided by Hailsham Festival FM via PA system.
Hailsham Parish Church hosted their Historic Open Church at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate was served.
Deputy Town Mayor and chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Amanda O’Rawe said: “Hailsham’s Christmas Lights Switch-on is one of the town centre’s biggest events and the traditional festive entertainment line-up this year meant it was perhaps the best yet! I hope the festive lighting helps create an amazing atmosphere in Hailsham and give pleasure to both residents and visitors to the town.”
Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou, vice-chairman of the Communities Committee commented: “The Town Council always ensures that the Christmas activities it organises are fun and open to all, and the switch-on was all about bringing the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their friends and family. It was an enjoyable event and a big success for all concerned.”
The success of Friday’s event, according to Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman was “down to the hard work of working parties involved in its organisation from the outset, and the support received from Hailsham Town Council members and staff, Hailsham Rotary Club, Hailsham Parish Church, Hailsham Festival FM, local schools, participating businesses and of course, special guest Anthony Penrose.”
“Many thanks to all those involved in helping to create such a bustling and festive atmosphere.”
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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