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Elm Park Christmas lights switch on is the ‘best ever’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 December 2018

Hundreds of residents turned out for the Elm Park Christmas lights switch on.

Hundreds of residents turned out for the Elm Park Christmas lights switch on.

Councillor Stephanie Nunn

Hundreds of residents from Elm Park got into the festive spirit at their “best ever” Christmas lights switch on.

Kids favourites from Paw Patrol turned on the lights on Thursday (December 6) night, along with the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel and Reverend Amanda and Father Tom Keighley from St Nicholas Church.

The switch on is organised every year by the Elm Park Regeneration Partnership, and some residents said this year was the “best ever”.

Nearly 200 children attended the Santa’s grotto set up in the Eye Clinic Opticians in the Broadway, and there was plenty for the little ones with circus performers, a steel band, twirlers, face painting, and a carousel sponsored by R G Cole and Elm Park Private Dental Clinic.

Children’s choirs from Benhurst and Elm Park Juniors sang outside the Cycle Cellar before and after the lighting of the tree and donations for a raffle from around 25 of the shops in Elm Park raised money for the performers.

Hundreds of residents turned out for the Elm Park Christmas lights switch on. Photo: Councillor Stephanie NunnHundreds of residents turned out for the Elm Park Christmas lights switch on. Photo: Councillor Stephanie Nunn

Ward councillors and Street Watch acted as marshals, and food shops gave out testers to residents.

The award for best dressed shop assistants went to Elm Park Barbers and the best dressed shop window winners were Elm Park Florists and the runner up was The Party Shop.

Marshals also gave out sweets and Lego cards - donated by Sainsbury’s.

Elm Park councillor Stephanie Nunn said: “It was so lovely to feel the community spirit, everyone enjoying themselves with no trouble at all.

Hundreds of residents turned out for the Elm Park Christmas lights switch on. Photo: Councillor Stephanie NunnHundreds of residents turned out for the Elm Park Christmas lights switch on. Photo: Councillor Stephanie Nunn

“We thank our local police officers and St John Ambulance who were there to support us.

“Each year more shops are joining in and it is lovely to see.

“When I did the countdown to the lights it was so happy with everyone joining in.

“It was a very successful evening, the best ever some are saying.”

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