VIDEO: Petworth Christmas lights go on

HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch the Christmas lights go on in Petworth on Saturday.

There was a whole host of activities going on throughout the whole day to get families into the festive spirit.

Market stalls lined the cobbled streets selling a range of good from 11am in the morning.

The main events took place in Market Square and throughout the day there were musical performances from local schools including Northchapel Primary, Petworth Primary, Plaistow and Kirdford Primary and Haslemere Prep School.

The large crowds were also treated to music from Charlotte Harper, The North Singers from Loxwood, Petworth Voices, Claire Bradder on flute, the Leaconfield Singers and Seaford College’s Jazz Band, as well as the junior and seniors.

At 5pm there was a lantern procession through the historic town before special guest Lord Egremont led the countdown to the tree lights going on.

The centre of town was packed and snow even fell - from snow machines up high.

Chris Kemp, chairman of Petworth Town Council as well as the chairman of the Christmas Lights Event, said: “I think it’s all gone really well, and the weather has been incredibly kind to us once again.

“It looks like the numbers are up this year, although it’s packed every year.

“There’s been a lot going on, we’ve had lots of local schools performing so well, stall holders from a variety of places and of course Santa’s grotto which is always popular.

“This has all been the work of lots of volunteers, nobody gets anything out of it except the pleasure of doing it and it wouldn’t happen without a lot of their hard work.”