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GALLERY: Christmas festivities fully underway after light switch on celebration

PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 21 November 2016

Gravesend residents gather to watch the mayor switch the lights on

Gravesend residents gather to watch the mayor switch the lights on

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The mayor turned the lights on and crowds enjoyed entertainment from panto stars

Christmas festivities in Gravesend are now in full swing following Friday’s (November 18) light switch on.

The town centre event will be kicked off from 4pm. Crowds enjoyed street entertainers including Christmas Mime Elves, Santa and his helpers on stilts, Bloco Fogo Samba, and the Crocodile Christmas Brass Band.

There was a parade through the town before the lights are switched on which featured 10 local schools and about 500 children, along with the bands and performers.

The mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Greta Goatley accompanied a fire bird at the front of the parade and further Christmas magic was added by the snow which spread Christmas magic over the parade.

The procession set off from St George’s Centre and travelled through New Road, up Windmill Street and culminated on Community Square.

The lights were officially be switched on by the mayor and there was half an hour of entertainment which included a Jack and the Beanstalk panto stage area, where the cast of this year’s show amused crowds.

Leader of the council, Cllr John Cubitt, said: “For the fourth year running we put on a family fun-filled festive programme. We’ve worked closely with partners, sponsors and community groups to offer a number of fantastic Christmas events. The weekends throughout November and December will be packed with a range of events and there really is something for all the family.

“We hope that everyone throughout Gravesham will take advantage of these wonderful events, and we extend a very warm welcome to visitors from all over Kent who have realised that Gravesend is the place to be at this time of year to enjoy the festive spirit to the full.”

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