Best pictures as Commercial Road lights switch-on takes place in Portsmouth

It wasn’t just the Christmas lights that illuminated the town centre last night.

A dazzling array of performances from local acts and a celebratory firework display meant families were in high spirits at the Christmas lights switch-on at Commercial Road.

Portsmouth FC players Ronan Curtis and Craig MacGillivray, Jake Quickenden, Jack Edwards, Father Christmas and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Lee Mason.

Portsmouth FC players Ronan Curtis and Craig MacGillivray, Jake Quickenden, Jack Edwards, Father Christmas and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Lee Mason.

Locals braced the cold to watch former X Factor star and I’m a Celebrity runner up Jake Quickenden – who is starring in the Kings Theatre’s panto this year – push a giant red button to light up the town centre.

He stood with his Cinderella co-star Jack Edwards who is the wicked stepmother, Pompey’s Ronan Curtis and Craig MacGillivray, The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lee Mason, and Father Christmas.

Paul and Caroline Sheldon took their sons James, six and George, three, to the event.

Paul, from Fratton, said: ‘This is our first time here with the kids and it’s better this year than before.

Fireworks over Debenhams

Fireworks over Debenhams

‘It’s a really good event, the kids are enjoying it.

Caroline added: ‘There’s lots of doughnuts, sweets and treats, glowing sticks, what else could you want?'

There was entertainment for families from 4pm onwards, with performances live on-stage from Timestep School of Dance, Portchester Youth Theatre, BH Live, Giselle, Dance Alchemy, Abstract Dance & Performing Arts, SD Studio, South Zone, Neptune Girls and UVG.

The festive Christmas market in Commercial Road was also opened.

Leonie Tremain (33) with her daughter Penny Chapman (5) from Southsea, her mum Sue Tremain (57) and her sister Sabrina Jai-McBrayne (13) from West Leigh.

Leonie Tremain (33) with her daughter Penny Chapman (5) from Southsea, her mum Sue Tremain (57) and her sister Sabrina Jai-McBrayne (13) from West Leigh.

Kellie Hussey took her three children to the event and goes every year.

She said: ‘My daughter always asks me to come, it’s hectic but we love it, there’s always lots to see.’

Portsmouth FC goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray with Harrison Bath from Cosham.

Portsmouth FC goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray with Harrison Bath from Cosham.

Paul Sheldon and his wife Caroline with their sons (left) George (3) and James (6) from Fratton.

Paul Sheldon and his wife Caroline with their sons (left) George (3) and James (6) from Fratton.

Dancing from the Neptune Girls.

Dancing from the Neptune Girls.