IN PICTURES: St Annes Lights Switch-On

St Annes Christmas Lights switch-on
St Annes Christmas Lights switch-on
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Hundreds of people braved the blustery conditions to watch the St Annes Christmas lights switch-on at the weekend.

Strong winds battered the Fylde coast on Saturday evening but there was no rain to dampen people’s spirits as carnival queen Hannah Jeffrey flicked the switch.

It was a good turnout, probably about 1,000 people in the crowd

St Annes Mayor Coun Vince Settle

Town mayor Vince Settle said: “We had a very nice lantern parade –there must have been about 40 lanterns.

“It was a good turnout, probably about 1,000 people in the crowd, which was very good for a windy afternoon.

“I’d say it was an excellent event.”

The crowds were also entertained by the cast of the Lowther Pavillion’s Christmas pantomime, who were at the switch-on.

The stars of Polka Dot’s production of Cinderella, which runs from December 10 until December 30, were among the attractions at the event. Coun Settle said: “They did a brilliant job.”

The event was organised by the town council, which took over the management and ownership of the town centre festive lights in 2014.

Coun Settle added: “It was very windy but at least it didn’t rain during the switch-on.”