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Romford Christmas lights switch on: Can you see yourself in our gallery?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2018

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

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Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

Thousands of families turned out to watch former X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent Stars turn on the Romford Christmas lights.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

Performances included the Frances Bardsley school choir, Charlie Dillon - a singer from Elm Park who has appeared on The Voice Kids this year - a preview of the Queen’s Theatre seasonal pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, plus James Smith from Upminster who was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

The best reception was for headliners Reggie n Bollie. The Ghanaian music duo- Reggie Zippy and Bollie Babeface - who are best known for being runners up on the X-Factor in 2015 played a number of tracks and were met with raptures from the crowd.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place. Michelle Fitzgibbons, manager of Romford Shopping Hall takes a selfie.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place. Michelle Fitzgibbons, manager of Romford Shopping Hall takes a selfie.

Speaking to the Recorder at the switch-on, Hornchurch resident Nicola Richards, 31, said: “I always come down for the Christmas lights but especially wanted to this year because of Reggie and Bollie.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place. Terri Miller with Micki aged 2 and Victoria and Henry Catterall having a good timeRomford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place. Terri Miller with Micki aged 2 and Victoria and Henry Catterall having a good time

“I voted for them on the show [X Factor] and my kids love them too so there was no way that we weren’t coming.”

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

James Clamp, 26, from Romford, said: “They [Reggie and Bollie] did great to get the crowd going and get everyone excited and ready for the fireworks and I liked that James Smith from Britain’s Got Talent as well he was good too.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

“Feels like it’s actually Christmas now - time to put the tree up!”

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

In addition to the acts, children were able to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters, before a firework finale.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

Brand new, energy efficient Christmas lights will also be switched on in Harold Hill, Rainham Village, Elm Park, Collier Row, Harold Wood and Rush Green.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place.

The events in Romford’s Market Place were just part of the celebrations across Havering with events scheduled throughout the borough.

Romford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place. The Mayor attemting to flossRomford celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights in Market Place. The Mayor attemting to floss

On Saturday, November 17 the Hornchurch Christmas Cracker returns to the town centre running from 11am to 5pm, 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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