FIREWORKS, a funfair and a host of panto stars officially brought some Christmas cheer to Fareham.
Thousands of people flocked to see the town’s Christmas lights being turned on yesterday afternoon in West Street.
A packed town centre watched live bands before the big switch-on was carried out by Mayor of Fareham Connie Hockley, panto stars Kay Purcell, Carol Heffernan, and Mark Siney, plus Fareham’s two young citizens of honour Caitlyn Lowe, 17, and Joseph Tillotson, nine.
After the switch-on, a fireworks display lit up the sky as entertainment carried on on stage, provided by radio station The Breeze FM.
Cllr Hockley said: ‘It was just brilliant, the panto stars were lovely and the two citizens of honour were great. Everyone was happy and enjoyed themselves and there’s a larger crowd than last year.’
In the day there was a market in West Street and activities at Westbury Manor Museum.
Enjoying the atmosphere was Chris Legg, who runs the Canvas Printing Company in Fareham Shopping Centre. He finished a busy day at work to join his partner Andrea Harding and her children Mitchell, five, and Eleanor, four, for some fun at the fair.
Chris, from Fareham, said: ‘It feels like it’s actually Christmas now.’
Locks Heath Shopping Village also held its lights switch-on on Saturday.