Large crowds braved wind and wintery rain to gather in the centre of Wellington for the formal beginning of the Christmas season at the weekend.
Janet Lloyd, the town’s Mayor, wore a Santa hat and her chain of office and was joined by Wellington Prep School’s Head Boy and Girl in pressing the ceremonial big red button to switch on the town’s Christmas lights.
Members of Wellington Pantomime Group led the crowd in singing songs from their next show, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, which opens at The Wellesley in January. There was a merry-go-round for small children in the High Street and many town centre shops had chosen to stay open late.
The atmospheric Celebration of Light illuminated the garden of the Quaker Meeting House in the High Street once again, attracting queues of visitors. Now in its eight year, the Celebration of Light transforms the entrance to the Meeting House and its garden with candles and lanterns. It will be open again on 2nd, 9th and 16th December from 4pm to 6.30pm.
The Mayor thanked all those who had braved the weather to enjoy the event and those who had participated in the entertainment.