Christmas came to Midhurst with entertainment for all the family as town councillors hosted their annual street party.
The evening began with a parade by the Rev Marcus Ronchetti’s Samboogie band from the North Street car park to the Market Square.
The musicians in their festive outfits followed a procession of giant star lanterns up North Street and into Knockhundred Row watched by a growing crowd of spectators.
There was everything from paella outside Faustinos and moules mariniere at The Seven Fish to a hog roast provided by butchers Michael Courtney, hot chocolate and mulled wine to keep the cold out while visitors stood and watched the entertainment or browsed the Christmas stalls.
As well as a display by the Samboogie Band in Market Square, there was more Christmas music from Midhurst Musical Mayhem, the children of the town’s primary school in their unmistakeable brightly-coloured waistcoats.
There were hot chestnuts, candy floss, traditional fairground rides for the children and a Punch and Judy show around the Market Square together with stalls manned by charitable organisations.
And for the children Santa arrived on his sleigh, courtesy of Midhurst Lions.
In addition many of the town’s shops stayed open during the evening giving people a chance to fit in a little Christmas shopping at the same time.
Chairman of the Community Care Committee Glyn Upjohn told the Observer: “Even the weather cooperated for us as the rain in the afternoon cleared up in time for the start of the street party.
“The town council would like to thank everyone who made it such a success, from those who attended to those who organised and those who provided entertainment and refreshments.
“Feedback has been very positive and it is gratifying to know the evening was appreciated by the families and all who attended.
“A special mention should be made of all the shops that stayed open and entered the Christmas window competition, to those councillors and other volunteers who nearly froze to death manning road closure points and to the Rev Marcus Ronchetti who has with his Samboogie band and lighted lanterns elevated our Christmas event to a new level.”