PEPPA Pig and the Ugly Sisters made sure a Christmas lights switch-on went with a bang.
The children’s favourite delighted the thousands of people who braved the rain to see Fareham’s Christmas lights switched on yesterday evening.
As the countdown concluded a fantastic firework display began, crowning what was a brilliant day.
Speaking at the event last night, mayor of Fareham Councillor Dennis Steadman said: ‘It’s days like these that sum up everything I’m proud of Fareham for.
‘There has been music, song and dance.
‘The shops and businesses have put on a fabulous event even under the immense pressure businesses are currently experiencing.
‘The people who work in the town have also helped make this happen and many of them have acted as marshals today.
‘I hope everyone had a great time.’
The fun started in the morning with a fair and music throughout the day from local bands and choirs including Ashcroft Arts Centre Community Choir and Streetdance.
The TS Tenacity Band took to the stage to fill the town with seasonal cheer and there was even a singalong carol concert.
But the biggest attraction for the thousands of children at the event was Peppa Pig.
Even Richard Pocock and Mark Siney, who are playing the Ugly Sisters in this year’s Ferneham Hall pantomime, Cinderella, couldn’t wait to meet her.
Mark, who plays Marge, said: ‘Meeting Peppa Pig has been fantastic.
‘We’ve been big fans for a long, long time.’
Ruby Pilgrim and her four children travelled from Bridgemary in Gosport, for the event.
Harry, six, said: ‘The lights are pretty. We’ve had lots of fun today.’
Lorraine Babbington and her husband Scot took their four-year-old son Connor along.
Mrs Babbington said: ‘We have been shopping in Portsmouth all day but we came here especially.
‘It will be the first time Connor has ever seen the Christmas lights being switched on and he has been really excited.
‘The Ugly Sisters have been great fun.’