PUBLISHED: 17:07 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010
HUNDREDS watched this year s pantomime stars switch on the Christmas lights display on Saturday. Shoppers stopped in the town centre to watch youngsters perform hours before they were due to appear in the Gifted Young Gravesham showcase at Woodville Hall
HUNDREDS watched this year's pantomime stars switch on the Christmas lights display on Saturday.
Shoppers stopped in the town centre to watch youngsters perform hours before they were due to appear in the Gifted Young Gravesham showcase at Woodville Halls.
Guitarist and singer Bronte Tadman, 17, from St Georges School, performed her own song All For You and Silent Night to a hushed crowd.
At 3.30pm a horse-drawn carriage whisked the stars of this year's Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to the main stage.
Children's presenter Chris Till, who plays Prince Charming, and rising star Victoria Scott, Snow White, took to the stage as children and parents rushed to get pictures taken with the duo.
BBC Radio Kent's Saturday Carry On presenter Paul James, who will be playing the role of the King, joined them on stage alongside Brigid Lohrey, who is playing the Wicked Queen.
Mother-of-one Toshie Lean, from Gravesend, said: "It's a great event and I am delighted so many people have come out today to witness the switching on of the Christmas lights.
"The last couple of years Gravesend have really put on a good show in the build up to Christmas. My three-year-old daughter Allice liked having her picture taken with the Prince and Snow White. We are definitely going to the pantomime this year."
Gravesham Mayor Ken Jones joined the cast on stage as the audience awaited the Christmas lights switch-on and a magical snow storm thanks to the Reporter.
He said: "In these days of economic gloom and gloomy weather I am proud that we can bring some light to Christmas."
Within seconds the skyline was illuminated throughout the town centre and youngsters and their parents partied in the snow.
This year the Reporter has promised to bring snow whatever the forecast.
The white stuff will fall on the hour six days a week from 10am Monday to Saturday from November 29, thanks to a snow machine in the town centre provided by Gravesham Borough Council and the Reporter.
Other events scheduled include an appearance by Bjorn the Bear, a polar bear who will be entertaining the children in the town centre on November 22. Experts are due to carve ice sculptures on November 29, a Christmas farmers' market will come to the town centre on December 12 and there will be music in town all day on December 13.