Stars come out for city's Christmas switch on

Members of Ocean Colour Scene performing in Winchester.

The crowds turn out for the lights switch on.

Stars come out for city's Christmas switch on

The Hoosiers on stage.

The lights are switched on.

Stars come out for city's Christmas switch on

First published in News

WINCHESTER was rocking last night with a chart-topping band to mark the Christmas lights switch on.

The Hoosiers entertained the crowds in The Broadway while the mayor, Cllr Frank Pearson, did the honours with the switch-on at 6pm flanked by a giant panda and Widow Twankey.

It was arguably the strongest lineup the city has seen for the Christmas lights ceremony, with Steve Craddock and Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene also performing.

Local talent came in the form of Winchester University Choir and Intergr8 Dance.

Sam Fields, 31, an accountant of Chandler’s Ford, was attending for the second year in a row. He said: “I’m surprised how many people there are here but it’s just nice to see such a good mix of young people and older people getting in the spirit.”

Next Thursday will see the start of the Christmas market and ice rink Ocean Colour Scene.

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2:54pm Fri 16 Nov 12

G0Rf says...

Why doesnt southampton have anything like this?
I remember going to watch the lights switch on in Southampton as a kid an the whole pedestrian area was filled with people watching up to the balcony of the daily echo offices with special guests.

Who switched southamptons lights on lastnight?
Why doesnt southampton have anything like this? I remember going to watch the lights switch on in Southampton as a kid an the whole pedestrian area was filled with people watching up to the balcony of the daily echo offices with special guests. Who switched southamptons lights on lastnight? G0Rf
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4:39pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Lockssmart says...

Dave Lee Travis
Dave Lee Travis Lockssmart
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