Christmas lights turned on in Palmerston Road

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HUNDREDS of families descended upon a high street to get into the Christmas spirit.

Cast members from the Kings Theatre’s production of Aladdin helped turn on the Christmas lights at Palmerston Road, in Southsea.

Crowds at the Palmerston Road Christmas lights switch-on in Southsea  Pictures: Sarah Standing (143100-6588)

Crowds at the Palmerston Road Christmas lights switch-on in Southsea Pictures: Sarah Standing (143100-6588)

Families were getting into a festive mood with mince pies and mulled wine available at a number of different stalls.

There were also fairground rides and fireworks to entertain visitors.

Lisa Gumbrill, from Southsea, saw the lights with her partner Matt Day and two-year-old daughter Anabelle Day.

She said: ‘This was the first time we have been down here for the turn-on of the Christmas lights and it was lovely.

13/11/2014 (EP)''The Palmerston Road Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.''Pictured is: (l-r) The Kings Theatre Aladdin cast Marcus Patrick-Genie of the ring, Christopher Marlow-Empress of China, Father Christmas, Heart FM Warren Hayden, Portsmouth FC players Dan Butler, Jack Whatmough and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Steven Wylie turning on the Christmas lights.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143100-6519) PPP-141113-204433001

13/11/2014 (EP)''The Palmerston Road Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.''Pictured is: (l-r) The Kings Theatre Aladdin cast Marcus Patrick-Genie of the ring, Christopher Marlow-Empress of China, Father Christmas, Heart FM Warren Hayden, Portsmouth FC players Dan Butler, Jack Whatmough and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Steven Wylie turning on the Christmas lights.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143100-6519) PPP-141113-204433001

‘It’s good that there was lots to do so we could make a whole evening out of it.’

Carrie Wilson, who went along with her daughter Holly, added: ‘We have been coming here every year since Holly was born and it’s fun. She definitely enjoys it.’

Holly, five, said: ‘I like the lights and it was fun.’

Aladdin cast members Marcus Patrick and Christopher Marlow had pictures taken with the crowd after turning the lights on.

13/11/2014 (EP)''The Palmerston Road Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.''Pictured is: Letizia Vasta (32) with her son Matteo Torrisi (2) from Portsmouth, enjoying the Christmas lights in Palmerston Road. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (143100-6540) PPP-141113-204457001

13/11/2014 (EP)''The Palmerston Road Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.''Pictured is: Letizia Vasta (32) with her son Matteo Torrisi (2) from Portsmouth, enjoying the Christmas lights in Palmerston Road. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (143100-6540) PPP-141113-204457001

Marcus, who grew up in Gosport, said: ‘It was great to turn the lights on and lovely to be back down here again. Everyone seemed to have a great evening and were definitely getting into a Christmas mood.’

13/11/2014 (EP)''The Palmerston Road Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.''Pictured is: Fireworks took place after the Christmas lights switch on in Palmerston Road.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143100-6637) PPP-141113-204532001

13/11/2014 (EP)''The Palmerston Road Christmas Lights were switched on, on Thursday evening.''Pictured is: Fireworks took place after the Christmas lights switch on in Palmerston Road.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143100-6637) PPP-141113-204532001