Mayor joins the parade as Christmas lights up East Ham

26 November 2012 in Mayor and Events
A flurry of snow, a family of reindeer and more than 100 children in a procession with lanterns heralded the switching on of the Christmas lights in East Ham on Saturday.
Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Newham councillors joined youngsters from Nelson, Brampton, Vicarage and Hartley primary schools for the celebration, which also included huskies, pantomime stars and Father Christmas.

The lantern procession from Newham Town Hall in Barking Road was headed by the Pandemonium Drummers, the volunteer drummers of the 2012 Games Opening Ceremony, followed by Santa in his husky-drawn sleigh, the Mayor and children.

At the corner of High Street North and Pilgrims Way, where the lights were switched on, children were given gifts by Father Christmas and his elves, accompanied by Christmas carols, a snow machine and reindeers Angel, Tinsel and Holly. There was also face painting, stars of Stratford Theatre Royal’s Jack & The Beanstalk and music and dancing.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Turning on the Christmas lights is always one of my highlights of the year as it signals the start of the festive season.

“People always like to see Christmas lights and Christmas trees. This year’s series of events should bring a huge smile to all our residents. We would love everyone to get involved and have fun. It’s a time for us all to come together and celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.”

On Friday (30 November) the Mayor will switch on the lights in Stratford Shopping Centre at 5.15pm and on Saturday (1 December) he will switch on the Forest Gate lights in Woodgrange Road at 5pm.