Newham

Lantern procession heralds Newham Christmas lights switch-on

24 November 2014 in Events and Mayor and Young people
Dozens of schoolchildren carrying lanterns heralded the switching on of the Christmas lights in East Ham at the weekend.
East Ham Christmas light switch on 2014
The light procession which was made up of children from Vicarage, Hartley and Nelson Primary Schools, made its way from Newham Town Hall on Barking Road to Pilgrams Way on East Ham High Street where the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales switched on the Christmas lights.

More than 400 residents were in attendance at the event on Saturday night enjoying the free family activities on offer. Entertainment was provided by the Young N Gifted Choir and Nelson Primary School Choir. East Ham Market Hall hosted a festive themed version of Punch and Judy. The event also featured free face painting and children enjoyed the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto.

Friday saw Sir Robin Wales in Stratford to switch on the High Street’s Christmas lights joined by schoolchildren from the Every Child a Musician Programme and Christmas pantomime stars from Beauty and the Beast soon to start at the Theatre Royal in Stratford. The Christmas tree located in Meridian Square was sponsored by Westfield Stratford City.

Sir Robin Wales said: “I look forward to switching on the Christmas lights every year as it signals the start of the festive season. It was great to see so many Newham residents coming along braving the cold temperatures and having fun. Christmas is the time to come together to celebrate and enjoy each others company.”