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Thousands drawn to Bexleyheath Christmas lights switch on event

PUBLISHED: 09:58 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:59 21 November 2017

Bexleyheath Christmas Lights event 2017. Robert Piwko / www.robertpiwko.co.uk.

Bexleyheath Christmas Lights event 2017. Robert Piwko / www.robertpiwko.co.uk.

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Festive lights are now beaming down on the town centre

Thousands flocked to Bexleyheath town centre at the weekend to see its Christmas lights turned on.

Crowds were entertained by performances from Centre Stage Theatre Academy, The Rock Choir and one-time contestant on The Voice, Tom Johnston, from Hextable.

A festive funfair was set up for crowds, with Christmas stalls offering gifts, sweets and wintry treats.

Tony Garratt, Bexleyheath town centre manager, said: “The support we have seen in Bexleyheath for the switch on event has been incredible.

“We have been so proud to host such a magical day and welcome so many people to enjoy what Bexleyheath has to offer.

“I am very positive for the festive events we still have to come in the next few weeks.”

The mayor of Bexley, Peter Reader, flicked the switch to turn on the Christmas lights, with the help of three school children who had won a Christmas card design competition.

With the countdown to Christmas now underway, Santa’s Grotto has opened inside the Broadway Shopping Centre, keeping its doors open until Christmas Eve as it raises money for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

From December 12, a Christmas market will be set up in the town, with a lantern-lit parade set to take place on December 7.

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