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Orpington illuminated with festive cheer

PUBLISHED: 12:54 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 19 November 2018

Huge crowds started their Christmas countdown in Orpington High Street on Thursday (November 15) as the annual Christmas lights switch-on took place. PIcture:  Michael Cockerham

Huge crowds started their Christmas countdown in Orpington High Street on Thursday (November 15) as the annual Christmas lights switch-on took place. PIcture: Michael Cockerham

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Huge crowds started their Christmas countdown in Orpington High Street on Thursday (November 15) as the annual Christmas lights switch-on took place.

Thousands of attendees enjoyed a range of activities for all the family. Picture:  Michael CockerhamThousands of attendees enjoyed a range of activities for all the family. Picture: Michael Cockerham

Thousands of attendees enjoyed a range of activities for all the family, which were complemented by food, gift and community stalls, circus performers, a string quartet, traditional fairground rides and a main stage hosting a line up which included musical and theatrical acts.

Santa was joined by a few friends from the Orpington Village Halls Pantomime, mayor of Bromley councillor Kim Botting and Orpington ward councillors for the countdown to the firework finale, which was accompanied by some Christmas classics.

Bromley resident, Liam, tweeted “Amazing, great night out with the family. Great job well done,” whilst Orpington mum Marie commented, “we’ve had a wonderful time, it gets better every year!”

Following the fireworks there was more music from local rock band Stone Blind with the audience treated to an early white Christmas, thanks to a bit of festive magic.

The event was organised and funded by Orpington 1st, the town centre business community, with additional sponsorship from 9Round Orpington and The Walnuts Shopping Centre.

Orpington 1st BID manger Chris Travers said: “It’s been another fantastic evening in Orpington and another incredible turnout, with more businesses than ever involved on the night, too.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came and contributed to a fabulous atmosphere and would encourage residents to continue to use their high street throughout the festive period and all year round.”

The town centre will now be gearing up for the Orpington Santa Dash on Sunday December 9, which will see hundreds of residents don Santa suits and make the dash through the Priory Gardens, down the high street and into Market Square.

For more information visit www.orpington1st.co.uk.

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