Mayor of Oakham switches on Christmas lights

Oakham lights switch on. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141124-105943001
Oakham lights switch on. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141124-105943001
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Hundreds of residents lined the streets of Oakham on Sunday to watch the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Oakham mayor Jayne Woodcock threw the switch on this year’s illuminations, which took place outside Furley’s in the High Street.

An evening full of festive cheer was enjoyed by all, with the Rutland Concert Band entertaining the crowds with a number of Christmas songs to get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

Throughout the evening people enjoyed a festive glass of mulled wine and mince pies at the Whipper Inn Hotel, in between singing Christmas carols around the Rotary Christmas tree.

Deputy mayor of Oakham, Alf Dewis said: “It went very well, it was the first time Oakham Town Council have switched the lights on.

“It was a superb evening, full of the joys of Christmas - with carols and Christmas music from the Rutland Concert Band performed around the Rotary Christmas tree.

“We are now considering making this an annual event, thanks to the great reaction from the local people, who thought it was a great start to the Christmas holidays!

“I would personally like to say a big thanks to Councillor Adam Lowe who helped make all of this happen.”

The festive fun continues at the Uppingham Christmas fair being held on Thursday, running from 5.45pm to 9pm.

This year’s Christmas lights will be switched on by a carol singing Dalek in the Market Place at around 5.45pm and there will be a variety of activities taking place across the town.