Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas festivities start

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High Street and Pier Street were closed as the Christmas festivities got under way last night.

Crowds enjoyed the switch on of lights to mark the season.

5/12/2014 (NEWS)''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were switched on, on Friday evening.''Pictured is: (l-r) Edith Millson (8) and Josie Sole (7) from 4th Lee-on-the-Solent Brownies with their lanterns.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143432-783) PPP-140512-221302001

5/12/2014 (NEWS)''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were switched on, on Friday evening.''Pictured is: (l-r) Edith Millson (8) and Josie Sole (7) from 4th Lee-on-the-Solent Brownies with their lanterns.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143432-783) PPP-140512-221302001

Businesses with the Lee Business Association had taken part in a Spirit of Christmas event.

The lights were switched on by the Mayor and Mayoress of Gosport, Keith and Eira Gill, and head girl Grace Bowden (11) and head boy Thomas Webb (10) from Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School.

5/12/2014 (NEWS)''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were switched on, on Friday evening.''Pictured is: The Christmas lights along Lee-on-the-Solent High Street.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143432-8051) PPP-140512-221029001

5/12/2014 (NEWS)''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were switched on, on Friday evening.''Pictured is: The Christmas lights along Lee-on-the-Solent High Street.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143432-8051) PPP-140512-221029001

5/12/2014 (NEWS)''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were switched on, on Friday evening.''Pictured is: (l-r) Oscar Maule (7) and Fin Rowe (8) both from Lee-on-the-Solent, enjoying the Christmas lights switch on.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143432-817) PPP-140512-221710001

5/12/2014 (NEWS)''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were switched on, on Friday evening.''Pictured is: (l-r) Oscar Maule (7) and Fin Rowe (8) both from Lee-on-the-Solent, enjoying the Christmas lights switch on.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143432-817) PPP-140512-221710001

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