Festive fun for Wanstead’s Christmas lights switch on

12:20 28 November 2016

Crowds of local people and school children attending the turning on of the Christmas lights on Wanstead Green.
Wanstead Church School Choir

Crowds of local people and school children attending the turning on of the Christmas lights on Wanstead Green. Wanstead Church School Choir


Live music and carol singing was the perfect backdrop for Wanstead’s annual Christmas lights switch on event on George Green.

Hundreds turned out on Friday evening to see the Christmas tree and decorations all along the High Street lit up.

The event was festively serenaded by The Salvation Army choir, Wanstead Church School and the Wanstead Rock Choir.

Everyone joined in the rousing renditions of carols, by the Church School, which got the residents well and truly in the Christmas spirit.

Marc Seymour, who plays Rapunzel in the pantomime at the Kenneth More Theatre, in Ilford, came down to switch the lights on.

Darrell Toakley, chairman of the Wanstead Business Partnership, who help organise the switch on, told the Recorder the event “was excellent”.

“It was a great evening, we had some of the characters from the pantomime at the Kenneth More, which was good.

“There was also the Rock Choir and the Church School sung some carols.”

Mr Toakley estimated more than 350 people came along to enjoy the switch on and the entertainment, saying it was “well attended”.

And although the “temperature really dropped”, most people braved the winter chill to enjoy the festive fun.

“The High Street was busy afterwards as well, which is important,” Mr Toakley added.

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