CHRISTMAS has arrived in Misterton following the official festive lights switch on at the weekend.
The event was organised by Misterton Parish Council (MPC) in conjunction with All Saints Church whose vicar, Reverend David Henson, welcomed an enthusiastic crowd to the event at Windmill Gardens.
Rev Henson invited children to begin the switch on activities by singing ‘Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer’.
MPC chairman Barry Cooper thanked youngsters for their rendition and County Councillor Liz Yates performed the offcial switch on honours following an enthusiastic countdown.
Coun Yates said: “It is wonderful to be here in Misterton and to see the whole community gathered together for this joyous event.”
After the switch on event, Santa Claus himself arrived on his sleigh, handing out lollipops to children - after listening to extensive Christmas wish lists.
A donkey also proved to be a popular attraction and everyone was welcomed into the church where hot soup and refreshments were provided.
These refreshments and a prize raffle helped boost All Saints Roof Appeal (see page three story) by just under £300.
One of the church wardens said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people, both young and old, in the church enjoying themselves. I’m extremely happy to see it so full.”
MPC vice-chairman Alan Stead added: “It’s been a tremendous turn out this evening and I’d like to thank everyone for their support and their generosity which has helped to make it a success.
“The organising committee have worked tirelessly during the last couple of months and have been well rewarded by the excellent turnout and I would like to thank them all for their hard work, as well as to thank other councillors, members of the church, local businesses, police, fire service and of course anybody who helped in any way.”