Hundreds turn out for big switch-on

23/11/2011 (MOL)''The Christmas lights were switched on in Cosham High Street on Wednesday 23rd November 2011.''Pictured is: (l-r) Hollie Carr (5) and Taylor Howard (7) having fun at the Christmas lights switch on.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114157-974)
23/11/2011 (MOL)''The Christmas lights were switched on in Cosham High Street on Wednesday 23rd November 2011.''Pictured is: (l-r) Hollie Carr (5) and Taylor Howard (7) having fun at the Christmas lights switch on.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114157-974)

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FESTIVE fever hit Cosham as hundreds packed out the area for the Christmas lights being switched on.

People of all ages watched former Pompey star Linvoy Primus take to the stage as he transformed the High Street into a festive glow.

The 38-year-old pretended to magically turn on the lights with his hands while a button was pushed behind the scenes.

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy, Blue Reef Aquarium mascot Charlie the Clown Fish and the Ugly Sisters from this year’s Kings Theatre panto show Cinderella also joined Linvoy for the switch-on.

The evening saw performances from dance group Southzone Academy Limited, in Cuthbert Road, Kingston, and youngsters from Medina Primary School, in Medina Road, Wymering, wowed crowds with their impressive singing and dancing skills.

Callie Martin, 24, from Ernest Road, Bedhampton, enjoyed the evening with her daughter Abbey Visser, aged 11. Callie said: ‘The lights look fantastic and we had a really great night.

‘Watching all the children dance and sing really made it for me. It really got me into the Christmas spirit. It really feels like it’s here now.’

Rachel Kennedy, 26, from Hythe Road, Wymering, soaked up the atmosphere with her three children Levi, six, Charlotte, five, and Liam, two.

‘Events like this are really great for Cosham,’ Rachel said. ‘I’ve never seen so many people in the High Street before.’

Haley Storey, 41, from Greenwood Avenue, Wymering, dressed up as an elf for the occasion.

She said: ‘It’s really brought the community together. It’s especially nice to see all the local groups get involved.’