Stubbington Christmas lights switch-on proves a hit with hundreds of families

From left, mum Becki Johnson with children Freya and Fearne Cattermole, Ben Johnson and dad Martin Cattermole Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (151952-1)
From left, mum Becki Johnson with children Freya and Fearne Cattermole, Ben Johnson and dad Martin Cattermole Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151952-1)
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A community pulled together to make its Christmas celebrations a roaring success.

Up to 1,000 families went to see the lights be switched on in Stubbington and enjoy a programme of entertainment.

From left, mayor of Fareham Councillor Mike Ford and mayoress Anne Ford with, left, Mei-Ling Thomas and Katie Brawn(151952-5)

From left, mayor of Fareham Councillor Mike Ford and mayoress Anne Ford with, left, Mei-Ling Thomas and Katie Brawn(151952-5)

Youngsters took part in a fancy dress competition and there was music from a samba band, the Salvation Army and a police choir. And a prize raffle was held.

The event was arranged by traders in the village and backed by Crofton Lions Club.

It also received the support of local councillors.

The lights were switched on by Cllr Mike Ford, the mayor of Fareham.

From left, sisters Lisa Dennis and Andrea Tait  (151952-7)

From left, sisters Lisa Dennis and Andrea Tait (151952-7)

Stubbington councillor Kay Mandry, who helped traders put the event on, praised the occasion.

She said: ‘It was a lovely evening.

‘The mayor was absolutely amazed by the amount of people there.’