THE Harold Hill Christmas light switch on was the biggest community event the area has seen for years.
With an incredible two and a half thousand people turning up to participate in the event, the switch on was the best the borough has seen so far this Christmas.
The event was not just a light switch on but a Christmas community afternoon with an abundance of festive spirit had by all. The Hilldene shopping area was packed with stalls, festive music and a Santa’s Grotto in the Harold Hill Library.
The area became the epitome of Christmas with elves, tinsel and a touch of glitter sprinkled everywhere.
All areas of the community participated, including local school children from Mayland’s and Mead Primary school who sung carols, the Blue Phoenix Twirlers who lit up the area with their neon batons and the Aspire Dance School who performed for the packed crowds.
Event organiser Councillor Jan Sargent told The Enquirer: “It was phenomenal. We couldn’t believe the number of people who came and participated, it was truly amazing. A real community event for everyone.
“I’d like to thank everyone who helped us including Councillor Paul McGeary who was part of our Christmas event committee. It has been a real success and we already have plans in action for next year.”
The event was completely funded by the local community who all participated to make this day the very special day it was.
Event organiser Hazel Gibbons told The Enquirer: “We expected around sixty to a hundred people, instead between two and a half thousand to three thousand people turned up to watch the show and join in the celebrations. The stalls did really well and everyone had such a great time. I’m really pleased with how the afternoon went, everyone had such a great time and even the rain held off till the very end to make the event more special.”
Councillor Philip Crowder from the Petites Ward did the official lights switch on joined of course by Mickey and Minnie Mouse who came out to support the Harold Hill Community.
“This was a very special day for everyone here in our community, the amount of people who came to participate has been quite remarkable and the feedback we have received has been just amazing. Thank you to everyone who came and made this event so amazing for our community.” finished Councillor Sargent.