The lights go on at Hayling village

114254-794-XMAS HAYLING ISLAND (MP) MRW 2/12/2011''Callum Murrell (5) from Hayling Island had great fun during the Mengham at Hayling Island Christmas lights swith-on ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114254-794)
114254-794-XMAS HAYLING ISLAND (MP) MRW 2/12/2011''Callum Murrell (5) from Hayling Island had great fun during the Mengham at Hayling Island Christmas lights swith-on ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114254-794)
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SEVERAL hundred people turned out for the big Christmas lights switch-on at Mengham on Hayling Island.

Mengham Road was closed to traffic and transformed into a winter wonderland complete with fake snow, roast chestnuts, fairground rides and, of course, the bright Christmas illuminations.

Primary schoolchildren led a torch light procession at 5pm singing Christmas carols ahead of the big switch-on in the village.

Callum Murrell, five, was enjoying the merry-go-round as his mum Rie Murrell, 40, watched.

She said: ‘It’s a really great community event and we’ve had a great time. We love the fake snow and Callum has really enjoyed himself.

‘We’ve had a lovely time. It’s the start of our Christmas build-up now. We’ve got a few more things planned but this was a great way to start it all off this year.’

Mengham shops were dressed for the occasion and open for business, including Hayling Island Bookshop.

Shop owner Colin Telford said: ‘It’s been very well-attended this year. Last year we had a bit of a snow-out but this year it’s back to being very crowded. It’s a really nice village event.’