Carols in the Square
Tuesday 6 December 2016
This year our talented Master of Ceremonies was Charlie Shakespeare(pictured left) actor, presenter and director of the Colour House Theatre at Merton Abbey Mills.
He got things going at 6.30pm. Returning by popular demand the Mardi Brass Quintet (below) was on hand once again, performing Christmas music and accompanying the rousing community carol singing which is always an important part of this popular annual event.And it was certainly rousing this year with over a thousand people packed into the square.
There were also choirs from local primary schools, church and community groups keeping everyone in tune...
...and a quarter of talented young singers made their own musical offering. Seen here with Wandsworth Mayor, Councillor Richard Field are Harriet Colley (soprano), Tom Verney (alto), Kieran Brun (tenor) and Basil McDonald(bass).
Charlie was helped out by the Sleeping Trees, stars of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves, this year's Christmas show at Theatre 503 above the Latchmere pub on Battersea Park Road.
At 7pm Councillor Field, aided by Stevie Benjamin, a Year 4 pupil at Westbridge Primary School switched on the lights and a stunning firework display lit up the sky.
Throughout the evening there was a collection in aid of two local charities close to our heart, the Katherine Low Settlement and the Battersea Summer Scheme.
This year the collection raised £724.31p which will be used by Katherine Low to send young people on trips organised by the Summer Scheme. Seen below with Charlie, and the Mayor are Aaron Barbour from Katherine Low and Henrietta Croker-Pole from the Battersea Summer Scheme. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
The Friends of Battersea Square wish you all a very happy Christmas and good new year, and we'll see you again in December 2017.