Record turnout for village’s switch-on

CROWDS AT CHRISTMAS -- revellers flock to the switch-on in Bestwood Village
CROWDS AT CHRISTMAS -- revellers flock to the switch-on in Bestwood Village

A RECORD-breaking crowd turned out to officially launch the festive season at the Christmas lights switch-on in Bestwood Village.

Carols rang out as an estimated 500 villagers flocked to the Bestwood Community Centre at the corner of Park Road and Moor Road.

Traditional favourites such as ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Away In A Manger’ cut through the cold air as Bestwood Male Voice Choir and the Bestwood Black Diamonds brass band entertained the crowd.

There was also a performance by the children’s choir from the village’s Hawthorne Primary School.

The honour of flicking the switch for the lights fell to Coun Chris Barnfather (Con), who is a Conservative member of Gedling Borough Council and Notts County Council.

Mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate were on offer, while chocolate bars were dished out to children.

Extra lights have also been put up to decorate trees and bushes either side of the Christmas tree.

This was the fourth renewal of an event that is organised by the village’s Christmas tree committee.

“It was an exceptional night,” said Coun Marlene Gee, who is a member of Bestwood Parich Council and chairman of the tree committee.