The Mayor and Town Crier

What a launch – the festive season kicked off with over 300 people in the Square who gathered to see the annual switch on of the Christmas lights.

‘Singing for Fun’ led some traditional carol singing; mulled wine and mince pies were distributed by Hannah of H’s Coffee Shop; and honorary Town Crier Andy Moss announced the proceedings from beside the new Christmas bollard.

10-9-8 … 3-2-1 chanted the enthusiastic crowd before the switch was duly thrown by Town Mayor Cllr John Clark and the Mayoress.

Singing for Fun

The whole town was then wished a Happy Christmas to the supping of more excellent mulled wine! This was perhaps the best attended Christmas ‘switch on’ since the tradition started a few years ago, with several groups working together to make the evening an enjoyable experience.

Many of the shops had specially decorated their windows adding to the festive spirit, and adding colour to the street scene.

Some of the decorated windows

Down at the Gill Nethercott Centre a packed Christmas Gift Fair did a roaring trade, with free warming refreshments for all and the jacket potatoes were especially popular as the frost still laid outside.

The Gift Fair was packed

The decorated candles – ‘Reflections’ – had a less happy time with the weather as the cold wind caused a problem, but it is likely these will appear again soon.

So Christmas in Whitchurch is now officially underway and with it come a whole host of events and activities – just click on this site’s calendar to see many of them.

Reflections - part1