CHRISTMAS got off to a fantastic start in Bourne when the lights were switched on on Friday.
CHRISTMAS got off to a fantastic start in Bourne when the lights were switched on on Friday last week.
Hundreds of people packed the Corn Exchange car park to see the town’s festive lights switched on by the mayor Brenda Johnson and Santa, who arrived on his sleigh.
Young singers from schools in the town sang choirs and Bourne Academy and Bourne Grammar also performed on stage.
Inside the Corn Exchange there was a craft fair and after the town’s illuminations were switched on, Santa went into his grotto in the Corn Exchange and heard the wishes of hundreds of youngsters.
There were also refreshments served by the Friends of the Butterfield Centre, as well as stalls outside selling hot chestnuts and candy floss and some mini fairground rides for the children to enjoy.
Bourne town councillor Judy Smith said the event was very successful.
She said: “There was a huge crowd and it went very well. The singing by the school children was absolutely fantastic and there was a terrific number of people there enjoying the festivities.
“Lots of children went into see Santa and the youngsters were also enjoying the roundabouts outside.
“The Corn Exchange was very nicely decorated and the stallholders at the craft fair were pleased with how the day went and said they would like to come back to Bourne.”
Coun Smith estimated there were about 1,500 people there enjoying the festivities and said the weather helped boost the crowds.
She said: “Last year, it was bitterly cold and I think that did deter people from coming.
“I think the number of people seems to improve every year though and I think the lights look really lovely.”