‘It was the biggest crowd we’ve ever had’ – Top turnout for Stevenage Old Town’s Christmas lights switch-on

Ameila and Isabella Lanni switch on the Christmas lights in Stevenage Old Town with a little assista

Ameila and Isabella Lanni switch on the Christmas lights in Stevenage Old Town with a little assistance. - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Old Town was lit up on Saturday to welcome in the festive season, with organisers confident it was their biggest turnout ever.

Michelle Tucker-Vincent, Steve Biucchi, Mike Biucchi and James Shires

Michelle Tucker-Vincent, Steve Biucchi, Mike Biucchi and James Shires - Credit: Archant

There was an afternoon of Christmas-themed ‘messy church’ craft activities at Holy Trinity Church which attracted around 120 youngsters, before a lantern parade of children and parents made their way up the High Street for the 5.30pm switch-on itself.

Carol singers helped the watching public get in the mood at the Bowling Green, before Ameila and Isabella Lanni turned on the lights in front of up to 600 people.

Carol singers at the Stevenage Old Town lights switch-on.

Carol singers at the Stevenage Old Town lights switch-on. - Credit: Archant

The annual event was organised by the Stevenage Old Town Business and Community Partnership, and afterwards chairman Charles Hawkins said: “It was amazing. I think it’s the biggest crowd we have ever had, despite the weather not being very good.

“The children walking up the High Street for the lantern parade just kept coming and coming, and we didn’t know when the stream was going to stop!


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“We’re trying to put the Old Town on the map so it was great to see the cafés and eating places so busy – and the lights look lovely.”

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