CHRISTMAS has come to Fordingbridge as the town's festive lights were illuminated. 

Crowds turned out for the switch on event yesterday evening (Saturday November 27) despite the chilly weather. 

Carols were sung to get spectators into the Yuletide spirit as they awaited the arrival of Father Christmas who travelled down the high street in his sleigh. 

Local heroes in the town were given the honour of switching on the Christmas lights. This year Lilli Austin-Snow and David Ginger were chosen to carry out the special role. 

Fordingbridge mayor, Cllr Edward Hale said: "It was wonderful to see so many people in Fordingbridge town centre for the Christmas light switch on. There was a great atmosphere for the carols, the visit from Father Christmas, and when the lights were switched on by two local heroes.

"My thanks to all the people who helped organise the event, particularly Ian Newman and Fordingbridge Rotary. I hope everyone will also be at Fordingbridge Glow on December 11."

Fordingbridge Events Group's Christmas Glow on Saturday December 11 takes place in the car park near Roundhill from 2.30pm to 7pm.

Fordingbridge Town Council is hosting a free Christmas afternoon tea for older residents in the town hall on Friday December 3 between 2pm and 5pm.

As well as tea and cake there will be entertainment from a pianist. 

There is also a Christmas town trail which has now started. Shops and businesses in town have a Christmas poster in their windows showing a letter, which makes a seasonal sentence.

The town trail map is available from Fordingbridge Information Office or at

Once completed, hand in your entry to the Information Office or the library to receive a Christmas treat.

The last date for entries is Friday December 24.


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