Frozen delights crowds at Waterlooville Christmas lights switch-on

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FAMILIES young and old started the festive season with a loud cheer.

More than 1,000 people went to the Waterlooville precinct Christmas lights switch-on at the weekend.

The Mayor of Havant  Marjorie Smallcorn greets spectators at the Christmas lights switch-on''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6879)

The Mayor of Havant Marjorie Smallcorn greets spectators at the Christmas lights switch-on''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6879)

Children had their picture taken with actors dressed as characters from the Disney film Frozen.

Kay Aston, 44 and her husband Vince Aston, 46, were with their children Finlay, 10, and Gracie, 13.

She said: ‘This was the first time here and we thought we’d get festive early and start the Christmas period off.

‘I do like a choir so we thought we’d come and have a look.’

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD)   MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6837) PPP-141122-205011003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD) MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6837) PPP-141122-205011003

Gracie added: ‘It was quite nice and festive and everyone comes together – it’s quite communal.’

Her brother Finlay said he enjoyed the lights being switched on.

‘It looks really cool, it starts Christmas,’ he said.

A procession of children dressed as reindeer and a horse and cart delighted the crowds ahead of the light switch-on.

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD)   MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''A young girl greets The Mayor with a gift and a helping hand from her carriage ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6872) PPP-141122-205031003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD) MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''A young girl greets The Mayor with a gift and a helping hand from her carriage ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6872) PPP-141122-205031003

Shoppers were spoilt for choice with the Christmas market at the event organised by Waterlooville Community Forum.

Mayor of Havant Marjorie Smallcorn said: ‘It was lovely. You can’t imagine what it feels like to come around the corner in the horse and carriage and see all the children all excited.’

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD)   MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6894) PPP-141122-205110003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD) MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6894) PPP-141122-205110003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD)   MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6904) PPP-141122-205121003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD) MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6904) PPP-141122-205121003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD)   MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''The Mayor and Father Christmas enjoy a laugh on stage ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6919) PPP-141122-205132003

CHRISTMAS WATERLOOVILLE LIGHTS (BD) MRW 22/11/2014 ''The Waterlooville town centre Christmas Lights were switched on by The Mayor of Havant and Waterlooville Marjorie Smallcorn on Saturday evening after she arrived by a two horse-drawn carriage to meet hundreds of people in the pedestrianised area already having great fun ''The Mayor and Father Christmas enjoy a laugh on stage ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143248-6919) PPP-141122-205132003