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PUBLISHED: 11:59 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:23 25 August 2010

SPECTACULAR: Eltham high street was brought to life with colour, music and lots of fun.

SPECTACULAR: Eltham high street was brought to life with colour, music and lots of fun.

CHILDREN have made a bright start to festive celebrations at a world heritage site. More than 200 children and their families led a magical lantern procession through Greenwich town centre last Friday. Joined by local musicians, the procession belted out

CHILDREN have made a bright start to festive celebrations at a world heritage site.

More than 200 children and their families led a magical lantern procession through Greenwich town centre last Friday. Joined by local musicians, the procession belted out Christmas classics as they made their way along the streets - only stopping to make wishes as the new town centre lights lit up overhead.

The event marked the start of activity in the town centre, including the Christmas Market which will be launched on December 9.

Mayor of Greenwich, councillor Allan MacCarthy said: "It was wonderful to see so many people come together to help mark the beginning of the festive season in Greenwich and, on a personal note, a great honour to be asked to help switch on the Christmas lights.

"Events like this help everyone get in the festive mood as the countdown to Christmas begins and I would like to thank everyone who took part in making the event such a wonderful occasion."

Eltham residents celebrated the 10th anniversary of their popular Lights Up event and lantern procession with the premiere appearance of a five-metre high Star Giant, scattering wishes and dreams amongst shoppers in the High Street last Thursday.

The Taru Arts Group performed at the event that kicked off by 6pm and councillor MacCarthy was joined by Clive Efford MP and Santa to turn on the town centre lights ahead of the firework spectacular.

Eltham is hosting several events in the run up to the holiday period.

The high street is open to shoppers late tonight, next Wednesday there is a Winter Fayre at Well Hall Pleasaunce, and on December 17 there is a Christmas Concert at Passey Place.

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