Christmas arrives as Wickham lights are switched on

The Wickham Christmas lights switch on in Wickham Square. All pictures: Allan Hutchings (143406-520)
The Wickham Christmas lights switch on in Wickham Square. All pictures: Allan Hutchings (143406-520)

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CHRISTMAS came early for children in Wickham as the village was filled with lights.

A man dressed as Father Christmas billowed in to The Square on a carriage pulled by two horses in festive attire.

143406_WICKHAM_3/12/14''Wickham Morris perform at Wickham Christmas lights switch on in Wickham Square, Fareham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143406-468) PPP-140312-213938001

143406_WICKHAM_3/12/14''Wickham Morris perform at Wickham Christmas lights switch on in Wickham Square, Fareham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143406-468) PPP-140312-213938001

It took builder Chris Hoare six days to put the lights up around The Square.

‘We do them every year,’ he said.

‘It is a local attraction now. We volunteer our time to put the tree up with people from around the village.

‘It’s an event organised for families and for people who live here. It is a real community event.’

143406_WICKHAM_3/12/14''Wickham Christmas lights switch on in Wickham Square, Fareham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143406-545) PPP-140312-213959001

143406_WICKHAM_3/12/14''Wickham Christmas lights switch on in Wickham Square, Fareham.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143406-545) PPP-140312-213959001

Nicki Oliver, parish clerk, organises the Christmas event each year.

She said: ‘The event helps to support local business. It is a really good turn out this year.’

Councillor Angela Clear, chairwoman of Wickham Parish Council and deputy mayor of Winchester City Council, was also at the event.

She said: ‘I think it gets better every year. It is beautiful. We love coming to it every year. I think we do very well from it.

Laura Wragg, who was at the switch-on with her daughter and parents, said: ‘This is the second year we have come. It is a good event. My daughter goes to school locally so we do participate in village events throughout the year.’

Ryan Shann was at the event for the first time with his son and daughter.

He said: ‘It is an excellent evening. I think the children really loved Father Christmas and the horses coming in.’