THE festive season officially arrived in Portsmouth as the Christmas lights were switched on in the city centre.
Pompey legends Linvoy Primus and captain Liam Lawrence, alongside with ex-Hollyoaks actor Marcus Patrick, were some of the stars that pushed the plunger and turned on the lights in Commercial Road.
Gosport-born Marcus, who will be starring in pantomime Cinderella at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, said: ‘It’s a nice homecoming to switch the lights on.
‘I’ve turned on Christmas lights in Watford before, but this means more.
‘We had a really good crowd and it’s nice to see so many people come out for it.’
Also on hand to help with the switch on was 10-year-old Imogen Rogers who was picked from the crowd.
She said: ‘I was really happy to be picked. It was great because from the stage I could see all my family and friends.’
Hundreds of people were entertained by local singers, dancers and a fireworks display.
Emma Parry, 27, of Sackville Street, Southsea, had brought along son William, seven, and daughter Inika, five.
Emma said: ‘We came straight after school at 3.30pm and have really enjoyed the evening.’
William added: ‘I loved seeing the lights being turned on and I’m really excited about Christmas.’