HUNDREDS of people crammed into the centre of a village to watch the Christmas lights being switched on.
The Stubbington event was attended by people from across the community and included the Hampshire Police Choir, the Salvation Army and the Holy Rood Church.
The mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford, led the countdown to the light switch-on.
She said: ‘I think this represents all that’s so good about Christmas.
‘The community coming together to celebrate this wonderful occasion and it’s supported by the Hampshire Police Choir and the Salvation Army and all the local people here are making it really special.
‘I think there’s a special feeling of community for everyone to come together and celebrate something as special as Christmas.
‘People love Christmas and this is a good way to start and celebrate it.
‘I would like to congratulate everybody, all the organisers and the church as well for putting on such a fantastic evening.’
The event was supported by people from across the community, including those who work in local shops in the village centre.
After the lights had been switched on there was a carol service which included Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful and We Three Kings of Orient Are.
There were also songs for the children to enjoy including Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
John Beavan is a layreader at Holy Rood Church, which is in the Crofton Parish and is located in Gosport Road.
Members of the church dressed up to advertise their free live nativity which takes place next Saturday at 10am.
He said: ‘It’s an absolutely fantastic turnout. It is lovely support from the village.
‘It’s good for the kids as well and it only happens once a year.
‘They just love the festive season. It’s giving the kids an insight into Christmas.’
There were also some dance performances and children enjoyed face-painting, too.