Let there be light – crowds turn out for dazzling display

20/11/11    JT''Fareham Town centre christmas lights switch on.  ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114123-9)
20/11/11 JT''Fareham Town centre christmas lights switch on. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114123-9)
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THOUSANDS of people turned out to see the moment Fareham town centre was bathed in festive light.

The switch-on was at 4.30pm sharp yesterday – and it was followed by a magnificent firework display that lit up the sky.

20/11/11    JT''Fareham Town centre christmas lights switch on. Pictured L-R Santa,  Dame - Dotty Derriere, Zoe Nicole Adkin - Beauty both of Ferneham Hall's christmas panto Beauty and the beast, George Bartlett 7 - Fareham young citizen of the year, Fareham Mayor Trevor Cartwight and his lady mayoress Ruth Cartwight''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114123-7)

20/11/11 JT''Fareham Town centre christmas lights switch on. Pictured L-R Santa, Dame - Dotty Derriere, Zoe Nicole Adkin - Beauty both of Ferneham Hall's christmas panto Beauty and the beast, George Bartlett 7 - Fareham young citizen of the year, Fareham Mayor Trevor Cartwight and his lady mayoress Ruth Cartwight''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114123-7)

It came as part of a day of entertainment for shoppers, who were treated to Samba music, carols and street dancing.

The honour of switching on the lights was had by George Bartlett.

The seven-year-old won Young Citizen of Year for helping to care for his mum Claire Goodson, who has health problems.

Mrs Goodson, 28, of Windmill Grove, said: ‘I am incredibly proud – I shed a tear!’

Thousands of people also turned out to see the lights being switched on at Gunwharf Quays.