About 5,000 people attended Lutterworth’s Christmas lights switch-on event, in what one town councillor called “our most successful function ever”.
“I’ve been involved with this event for almost 20 years,” said Cllr Rob Coleman, one of the event’s organisers. “And more people attended this year than ever before – I would say numbers were 15 to 20 per cent up.”
Church volunteers quickly ran out of free soup, even though they had prepared 20 gallons.
And by 7.30pm last Friday the whole of the town’s Church Street and the town square were densely packed with revellers.
People also witnesses an impressive fireworks display, now a traditional part of the night’s festivities.
“As far as I could see, and from what I’ve heard since, the whole night was as near-perfect as you could have got it,” said Mr Coleman. “Even the weather was quite mild.”
He thanked everyone who was involved in preparing the event, including Magna Park warehouse firms who helped fund it.
BBC Radio Leicester provided music and a running commentary, and there was entertainment from Lutterworth bands.
Special guests included not just Father Christmas, but also Olaf the snowman, from the Disney film Frozen.
“And let’s not forget the hard work behind the scenes from a lot of volunteers who come forward every year,” added Mr Coleman.
A public meeting debrief to discuss the event will be arranged soon.