Festive cheer in Richmond as Christmas lights are switched on

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Mince pie anyone? Refectory pub workers at the Hampton Hill switch-on Mince pie anyone? Refectory pub workers at the Hampton Hill switch-on

Festive cheer in Richmond is well and truly alive after another week of Christmas light switch-ons across the borough.

Henry Winkler, who is starring as Captain Hook in panto at Richmond Theatre, switched on the lights in Richmond town centre.

The Fonz was not the only reason for people to turn out in numbers for the festivities.

Families enjoyed the frost fayre throughout the afternoon and children visited a petting zoo with sheep, donkeys and goats, before the big moment on Saturday, November 30.

The Salvation Army performed traditional Christmas tunes on the picturesque Richmond riverside.

In Hampton children had a word with Father Christmas about what was on their list this year before he toured the town while kids enjoyed pony rides along Station Road.

They also met television's popular Peppa Pig, during the fun-filled afternoon on Sunday, December 1.

Hampton Hill's event on Friday, November 29, saw carol singing in the garden of the Star pub, as well as festively-decorated horses from the nearby Park Lane Stables.

Town centre manager Isolde O'Kane said: "It was fantastic - there was a really good turn out .

"Everybody said it was really well organised and a great success."

Singers from the choir at St James’s Catholic Primary School got people in the spirit before the parade with a selection of traditional carols.

Shops, businesses and traders joined in the fun offering mulled wine, mince pies, tombolas, balloons and competitions.

In Teddington, actress Samantha Bond joined the Mayor of Richmond in turning on the Christmas lights on Thursday, November 28.

People were invited to turn out in traditional garb, including top hats and frock coats.

Children in Teddington met Father Christmas in his grotto at St Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday, November 30.

The fun does not stop there though.If you want to enjoy it all over again, there are still switch-ons to be seen at Kew Village as well as East Sheen, both on December 6.

 

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