Slideshow: Christmas lights switched on in Harborough

Come on, it’s December now, so are you switched on to Christmas yet? Market Harborough is.

An estimated crowd of about 2,000 people assembled on The Square for the 2014 Christmas lights switch-on in the town last Friday.

All lit up on The Square for the lights switch-on event in Market Harborough. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

All lit up on The Square for the lights switch-on event in Market Harborough. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

This year the honour of turning on the lights went to a local school pupil, whose name was pulled out of a Christmas box on the night.

In fact, Georgia Whittle (14) from Harborough’s Robert Smyth Academy, entertained the crowd twice – once by helping pull the lever on the lights switch, and again by performing with the academy’s Soul Patrol band.

The night was funded by Market Harborough Building Society, which sponsors the big tree and the decorations, and by Harborough District Council.

There are now three lit trees on The Square, including the Christmas tree.

“It was a brilliant night, and really well-attended,” said Market Harborough Building Society’s marketing manager Lynn Burton.

“There were lots of people on The Square from 4pm onwards.

“And we’ve had some really nice comments from people saying what a wonderful evening it was.”

A Harborough District Council spokesman added: “We have new Christmas lights in town this year that will light up The Square and all along Church Street.”

The impressive stage on The Square featured almost non-stop entertainment from 4pm until 7pm, including the Harborough FM roadshow.

Pupils from Harborough’s Meadowdale Primary School and then Welland Park Academy sang carols, before performances from two Robert Smyth bands – the jazz band and the soul band.

The lights switch-on at 6pm was followed by a communal cracker pull, with the crackers donated by the town’s Tesco store.

Then guest artist Robin Maughan sang contemporary Christmas songs, plus a selection from his Frankie Valli tribute band Let’s Hang On.

It was the seventh year in a row that a lights switch-on event has been held in the town.

Lights have also been put up in Church Street this year.