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Residents flock to Hornchurch High Street for Christmas lights switch on

PUBLISHED: 12:10 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:48 20 November 2018

Hornchurch Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 17th November 2018. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Hornchurch Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 17th November 2018. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

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The annual Christmas Cracker returned to Hornchurch this weekend as residents gathered to watch the moment this year's Christmas lights were turned on.

The mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel and the Hornchurch Cricket Club team turned on the Christmas lights on Saturday, November 17 at 5pm.

Tom Lowe, chairman of the Hornchurch Town Centre team, alongwith Robbie Wootton from Best Sellers, Julie Allsop from Mr Simms and Rav Ahtti from Pink Parachute helped coordinate and bring together all of the stalls and activities of this year’s Christmas Cracker event.

Santa with Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez, mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel and Santa's Grotto organiser Danielle at Hornchurch Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 17th November 2018. Photo by Ellie HoskinsSanta with Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez, mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel and Santa's Grotto organiser Danielle at Hornchurch Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 17th November 2018. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

“The town team is delighted the event went so well,” said Tom.

“It’s so important to encourage people to shop on their local high street and events like this get new people to see what Hornchurch is all about!

Santa with Riley Watkins, four and Oliver Watkins, six at Hornchurch Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 17th November 2018. Photo by Ellie HoskinsSanta with Riley Watkins, four and Oliver Watkins, six at Hornchurch Christmas light switch on event on Saturday 17th November 2018. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

“We’re really building a special community, thanks to everyone who helped.”

Danielle Everitt who hosted Santa’s Grotto at Final Checks studio in the High Street told the Recorder that this might have the biggest turn-out for the Christmas lights switch on yet.

“It was a really good day, and all of the children were really pleased with their presents,” said Danielle.

“A couple of people who came to the grotto said that it was so lovely to get the whole community together and that we should do it more often.”

Residents enjoyed festive stalls including facepainting, candyfloss, game stalls, music and much more.

Jeremy West, chairman of the Hornchurch Cricket Club, added: “It was a great honour for our club and we feel very privileged to have been asked.

“Our club recently won the treble Essex League cup, so it’s been quite a spectacular year for us.

“Full marks to all of the shop keepers for putting it together, they really made something of the Hornchurch town centre.”

On Thursday, November 22 it’s the turn of Upminster to turn on their Christmas lights between 4 and 6pm, and the traditional Rainham Village Christmas Fayre will be held this year on Saturday, December 1 starting at 10am.

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