EMSWORTH got into the festive spirit with a well-attended lights switch-on last night.
It was the first time the event had taken place on a Friday night, and it seemed to work as a large crowd packed into St Peter’s Square where Father Christmas pulled up on his sleigh. The Christmas cheer spread to North Street where shops stayed open beyond normal hours to visitors.
Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: ‘A Friday night is obviously more successful from the point of view of getting people here.
‘It is a really enjoyable community event. We have been unlucky with the weather the last couple of years, which obviously put the dampener on things. But this year is great.’