It's officially Christmas in Hornchurch!
PUBLISHED: 16:26 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:26 28 November 2013
Hundreds of people queued to enjoy the festivities last week at the Hornchurch Christmas lights' switch-on.
The day officially launched at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch but everyone actually wanted to be outside – despite the chilly weather!
On the streets of Hornchurch, the Hornchurch Haverettes performed a routine and fairground rides were there for children to enjoy.
Bedrock Hospital radio also made an appearance last week and street performers like jugglers and stilt walkers entertained the crowds.
Christmas characters like Rudi the Reindeer and Mrs Claus were awaiting the visit of children throughout the centre so they could stamp their special Santa’s helpers’ certificates.
This was just before they got to pay Santa Claus a visit and take pictures with him as a token from the day.
But children weren’t the only people that were desperate to see the man himself as a giant queue formed in the town centre so they could see Santa.
When the anticipated moment arrived, it was Deputy Mayor, Councillor Linda Trew helped turn on the Christmas tree lights with Dick Whittington characters from the Queen’s Theatre.
Cllr Robert Benham and ward councillors also attended the event and Cllr John Mylod said: “It was a very successful day and a lot of fun for all of the families.”
Leader of the Havering Council, Councillor Michael White, said: “I always look forward to this time of year, as do so many others. It was a great event, I really enjoyed it and was glad to see so many others did too.”
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