Christmas comes to Midhurst

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There were new festive lights across the town and a new look at the town council’s Christmas Street party and people flocked to Midhurst to join in the fun.

“We are very pleased with the new lights,” said town council chairman Mark Purves, “particularly in West Street and we had many very positive comments about them during the street party.”

During the evening there was entertainment from a line-up of talented local musicians including Gracie Spooner, Ed and Ollie Goodale, Martha Buchanan, Those Restless Nights , Midhurst Mysical Mayhem, a combined choir from Easebourne and Midhurst Primary Schools and Conifers as well as a performance by Shooting Stars, the Midhurst Primary after school choir which has just recorded three of their own pop songs.

Marco Frankland’s Ukelele Orchestra also entertained.

Lord and Lady Cowdray and their son Peregrine performed the new switch-on ceremony which lit up the tree in the Square and went on to admire the new lights around the town.

Many traders stayed open for late night shopping and food and drink was on offer from the town’s cafes and restaurants.

Lord and Lady Cowdray switch on the Christmas Tree Lights in The Market Square at the Midhurst Christmas Street Party Clive Bennett Photography

Lord and Lady Cowdray switch on the Christmas Tree Lights in The Market Square at the Midhurst Christmas Street Party Clive Bennett Photography

Children got the chance to meet Father Christmas in a stunning festive grotto organised by Martyn Chevis in his West Street salon.

“There was a great atmosphere i and the evening was a big success,” said Mark.

“Lots of people said there were more people around this year and that maybe because we had the switch-on ceremony. The success of the event is thanks to the partnership working of the town council and the town team and we look forward to building on the success for next year’s event.|”

On Saturday there were more festive surprises in store when Santa’s reindeer stopped off in Midhurst to meet shoppers.

Have you checked out our new Christmas section yet?

It’s packed with ideas and tips to ensure you make the most out of the festive season.

There’s recipes, suggestions for presents and everything from choosing your tree to recycling your packaging and paper.

Go to www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/christmas/

Santa's Grotto at the Midhurst Christmas Street Party 02.12. 2016 . www.polopictures.co.uk Clive Bennett Photography

Santa's Grotto at the Midhurst Christmas Street Party 02.12. 2016 . www.polopictures.co.uk Clive Bennett Photography

Picture by Clive Bennett

Picture by Clive Bennett

Mussels at Seven Fish Picture by Clive Bennett

Mussels at Seven Fish Picture by Clive Bennett