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Orpington lights up with Christmas spirit

PUBLISHED: 16:32 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:32 22 November 2016

Santa and the reindeer lead the parade in Orpington

Santa and the reindeer lead the parade in Orpington

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Organisers reported this year saw the biggest crowds ever to gather for the lights switch on

Fireworks for the closing eventFireworks for the closing event

Community spirit took centre stage last Thursday as crowds flocked to Orpington High Street to celebrate the start of Christmas.

The annual Light Up Orpington event, organised by Orpington 1st Business Improvement District, continues to grow and this year saw the largest ever crowds enjoying a variety of entertainment and activities for all the family.

The high street was host to a funfair and market stalls as well as a main stage line-up which entertained the crowds with music and dance throughout the evening.

After a parade along the High Street with his reindeer, Santa was joined on stage for the countdown by Orpington 1st chairman Martin Price, characters from the Orpington Pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk, ward councillors William Huntington-Thresher and Kim Botting, and Walter and Wanda Walnut, the characters from the Shopping Centre.

Sharon Baldwin, executive director said: “we are delighted that the evening once again proved to be such a success. We have had some wonderful comments from both customers and businesses and we would like to thank all those that came for helping to create such a family friendly atmosphere.”

An firework display lit up the sky above town before The Mississippi Swamp Dogs played out the closing stages of the evening with their swing sounds.

Orpington 1st BID manager, Chris Travers, said: “It’s fantastic to attract so many people from across the borough to start the Christmas countdown in Orpington. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase what our town has to offer and a great demonstration of the strength of the business and resident communities.”

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