Lights switch-on warms heart of Stevenage on a freezing night

PUBLISHED: 11:15 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 01 December 2017

Fireworks go off after the Stevenage Christmas Light switch on. Picture: Danny Loo

Fireworks go off after the Stevenage Christmas Light switch on. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

There was a great turn out for the Christmas lights switch-on in Stevenage last night despite the freezing conditions.

Town Square and the Joyride platform were packed with families enjoying the event.

There were music acts including Adele tribute J’Adele who got the crowd singing along, funfair rides and stalls for the children and late-night shopping.

The show culminated at 6.30pm when Stevenage FC’s long-serving goalkeeper Chris Day took to the stage along with the town’s mayor Pam Stuart and Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor to push the plunger.

Stevenage Christmas lights competition winner Ruby Potter, 7, also stepped into the limelight.

As the lights went up there was a stirring fireworks display to bring the show to a close.

Chris told the Comet afterwards: “I’m very honoured to be here. I’m a local lad and I’ve lived here for a couple of decades.

“It’s great to see all the littlins having fun and there’s plenty for them to enjoy here.”

Chris added he is looking forward to tomorrow’s big FA cup clash with Swindon Town and hopes his team can get the job done so they can progress to round three – and possibly secure a tie with a top flight club.

You can watch videos of the event on the Comet’s Facebook page.

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