Harpenden lights up for Christmas: with gallery

The cast of the panto, Owen Farrell and Mayor Rosemary Farmer prepare to turn on the christmas light

The cast of the panto, Owen Farrell and Mayor Rosemary Farmer prepare to turn on the christmas lights - Credit: Archant

An army of floats, pantomime stars and an appearance by Father Christmas all helped to make Harpenden’s annual light switch on a roaring success last weekend.

Celebrations kicked off at midday on Sunday with entertainment from a selection of schools and local performers, including a ukulele band from St George’s.

At around 3pm a festive procession made its way along the High Street with Harpenden Town Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Farmer, in a carriage along with former ITV presenter Sally James and Heart FM presenters Natalie B and Stuart.

The procession normally takes place on foot but this year it had to be in vehicles as police assistance could not be secured.

A Santa’s grotto was also set up in Thompsons Close for children to tell “St Nick” what they would like under their Christmas trees this December.

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Cllr Farmer said: “It was a wonderful community event for the whole town bringing everyone together in the spirit of Christmas to enjoy a great afternoon out with a spectacular lights up.”

Several hands were on the lever to switch the lights on, including local England rugby player Owen Farrell and a selection of panto cast members.

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Heather Scott, communities officer for Harpenden town council said of the event: “It went very, very well. We were very pleased with how successful it was. The town was full of people, there were approximately 10,000 throughout the duration of the day.”

For more photos from the event, visit www.hertsad.co.uk

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