Hundreds come to Battersea Square for annual festive singalong

Around 1000 people filled Battersea Square for the popular annual Carols in the Square event organised by the Friends of Battersea Square with generous sponsorship by local estate agents John D Wood and Co.

This year the vital Master of Ceremonies seat was occupied by three people: the members of Sleeping Trees - writers and stars of Theatre503's zany Christmas show Cinderella and the Beanstalk. They got things going in their inimitable fashion at 6.30pm. Accomplished professional brass quintet Mardi Bras provided seasonal musical entertainment from the soundstage near the tree before accompanying the singing of carols and other festive songs.

Carols in the Square

There was also a spirited performance by the the talented young people of Battersea Arts Centre's Beatbox Academy. And helping things along were the choir of St Mary’s Church, Battersea, Thomas’s Choral Society and singers from local primary schools and Thomas’s Battersea. Keeping everyone all in time (and making sure that the volume level didn't drop) was John Haythornthwaite Director of Music at Thomas's.

At 7pm The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Nicola Nardelli switched on the lights of the magnificent Christmas tree. That was followed by the usual stunning fireworks display and the evening ended with some more rousing carols. Sambrooks Beer, mulled wine, mincepies, hot chocolate and soup were available throughout, and the the local bars, pubs and restaurants did good business all evening!