HUNDREDS of people turned out on a cold Saturday evening to watch a village’s Christmas lights being switched on.
With many wearing thick coats, gloves and scarves and Father Christmas hats, people gathered to sing carols in Stubbington Green.
People of all ages were involved in the service.
Reverend Kate Macfarlane, from the Crofton parish, said: ‘It’s popular. Stubbington manages to maintain that community feel.
‘The traders’ association organises that so it’s very much down to them and their enthusiasm to put on this event for their customers.
‘It’s really important to maintain that community feel. Christmas is a great time to do that.
‘The traders’ association strives to lay on free entertainment. It’s nice when Christmas is so expensive to have something free to do together as a family.
‘It’s a great turnout. We have good numbers every year. It seems to be as busy as ever.’
Members of Holyrood Church dressed up as nativity characters and told the nativity story.
The Hampshire Police Choir were on hand to sing Christmas carols including Away in a Manger and Once in Royal David’s City. The Salvation Army band were also involved in the service.
Emma Russell, 40, from Mays Lane in Stubbington, brought her four children along. She said: ‘It’s just a good start to Christmas. We are local and it’s a lovely way to start feeling festive.
‘It’s always really good. It helps that there’s a good community spirit here.
‘It just gets everyone together and the kids really love it.’
Councillor David Norris, the mayor of Fareham, said: ‘It’s marvellous that all these people have come out on a cold night like this to watch the lights being turned on.’