Carols in the Square 2017 lights up the sky

Watching the sky

The festive season got off to an early start on Tuesday 5 December when more than a thousand people flocked to Battersea Square for the ninth annual Carols in the Square event.

It was one of the best attended events we've seen. We had 900 Santa hats with flashing lights to give away, and ran out long before everyone had arrived.

The crowd was in good voice and enjoyed joining in with the carols and other festive songs. As last year we had a quartet of talented young singers to help lead the singing. And this year the newly formed Thomas's Brass provided the rousing musical accompaniment

Trying to keep everything order were masters of ceremonies the Sleeping Trees (below), stars of the pantomime Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves, back for a second year by public demand.

FireworksAt 7pm the tree lights were switched on by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Leslie McDonnell who raised an emormous cheer by telling us that this was the largest 'lighting-up' ceremony he'd attended this year. He then led the crowd in the countdown to the switch-on and as the lights went on everyone's eyes (top picture) turned towards the sky above Thomas's School as it burst into colour with a magnficent firework display.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event, and even more thanks to all those who turned up and made it such a great success. Have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. Hopefully we'll see you all again same time, same place next year.

 

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