Christmas countdown is on as lights are turned on in Emsworth and Lee-on-the-Solent

Arthur Blake (2) from Locks Heath, meeting Father Christmas at Lee-on-the-Solent. Picture: Sarah Standing (180858-2748)
Arthur Blake (2) from Locks Heath, meeting Father Christmas at Lee-on-the-Solent. Picture: Sarah Standing (180858-2748)
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HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch the oldest and youngest member of a town switch on the Christmas lights.

Emsworth town centre was packed for the annual event which saw two young twins and the oldest lady in the village push the button on the lights display.

Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were turned on Friday evening. Picture: Sarah Standing (180858-2753)

Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were turned on Friday evening. Picture: Sarah Standing (180858-2753)

Sarah Waters went along with her family and friends.

She said: ‘We come every year and we really love it. This year the local school choirs sang as well and I think my favourite part was the float that went through the middle of the crowd with Santa on it.’

Pal Meg Bono added: ‘It is all so magical. It is also a tradition that we come every year and it marks the start of Christmas for us as  we then put up our tree and all our decorations.’

The 37-year-old added: ‘The kids absolutely love it and is a great town event every year.’

30/11/2018''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were turned on Friday evening. ''Pictured is: Vicky Lambert with her son Jacob (7).''Picture: Sarah Standing (180858-2770)

30/11/2018''Lee-on-the-Solent Christmas lights were turned on Friday evening. ''Pictured is: Vicky Lambert with her son Jacob (7).''Picture: Sarah Standing (180858-2770)

Over in Lee-on-the-Solent, the community came out in their droves for the light switch-on by Mayor of Gosport Councillor Diane Furlong and the head girl and head boy of Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School as well as a carol service around the Christmas tree and French market.

Damon and Melissa Wingfield with Rosey 1, at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Damon and Melissa Wingfield with Rosey 1, at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

The crowd excited to see the Christmas lights at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

The crowd excited to see the Christmas lights at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Havant Mayor Peter Wade with some local residents turning on the Christmas lights at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Havant Mayor Peter Wade with some local residents turning on the Christmas lights at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Families waiting for the festive lights at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Families waiting for the festive lights at Emsworth. Picture: Habibur Rahman