People power brings Christmas lights switch-on back to Harold Hill for first time in years

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 30 October 2018

Harold Hill Library, Farnham Road, Harold Hill, members of the community, Dagenham DJ Society representatives and library staff, who are organising a Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: Melissa Page

Harold Hill Library, Farnham Road, Harold Hill, members of the community, Dagenham DJ Society representatives and library staff, who are organising a Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: Melissa Page

Melissa Page

A community is working together to organise their first Christmas light switch on in years in a bid to bring back some festive cheer to the area.

A group of residents decided they wanted to make this Christmas a bit more special for the people of Harold Hill, so suggested to host the event in the heart of the town centre on a Facebook group.

Since making the suggestion last week, hundreds of residents have stepped forward and asked to get involved, doing their bit to help shape the festivities.

“The response has been overwhelming”, committee member Hazel Gibbons said.

“Everyone has been so kind, offering to help out where they can, donating their time, items and getting involved in the live entertainment as well.

“Harold Hill doesn’t have the best reputation and it hasn’t been a great few months for a lot of people here so we want to give the community something they can look forward to.”

From the Phoenix Blue Twirlers and Mead Primary School Choir, to dance groups Notorious Youth and Prolific Minis, as well as DJs Ricky Holland and Justin Vella, there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained on the day.

Children will also be delighted to hear that Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Peppa Pig and Father Christmas himself along with his helpful elves will be there to greet them.

Hazel says the committee are now looking for help with getting more outdoor lighting for the event and sweet treat donations for the visiting children.

She said: “We really would appreciate any more help that people can give us.”

Speaking of the event, a council spokesman said: “The council provides funding for a number of light switch-ons in the borough’s bigger town centres, including Romford, Rainham, Hornchurch and Upminster.

“We are also happy to be supporting the switch-on in Harold Hill and other smaller events and hope everyone has a great time celebrating the countdown to Christmas.”

To find out more or to get involved, join the Harold Hill Christmas Switch On Facebook page.

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