Christmas lights go on all over Axe Valley

PUBLISHED: 12:27 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 08 December 2014

Seaton Majorettes perform at the switching on of the Christmas lights. Photo Ian Barradale

Seaton Majorettes perform at the switching on of the Christmas lights. Photo Ian Barradale

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Seaton and Axminster residents turn out in force for their festive Fridays

St John Ambulance made sure everyone was safeSt John Ambulance made sure everyone was safe

Axe Valley residents turned out in force as the festive season officially got under way on Friday.

Christmas lights were switched on at Seaton and Axminster where traders stayed open late for some seasonal shopping.

At Seaton the Christmas illuminations were switched on by Mayor Gaynor Sedgwick assisted by primary school pupils Antonia and Briana Barrand. The Lions club Santa was also on parade

At Axminster’s Festive Friday - organised by the town’s Rotary Club – attracted another bumper attendance.

Four wise men at Axminster’s Festive Friday : town crier Nick Goodwin, Rector Rev John Streeting, Mayor Jeremy Walden and compere Mervyn SymesFour wise men at Axminster’s Festive Friday : town crier Nick Goodwin, Rector Rev John Streeting, Mayor Jeremy Walden and compere Mervyn Symes

Mayor Jeremy Walden arrived in the nick of time to count down the seconds to the turning on of the tree lights in the Minster Green, which coincided with the turning on of Trinity House Christmas light display.

Lyme Regis Town band started up the carols and the choir led the public in song.

Father Christmas arrived on cue and a long queue formed for the traditional chat and present whilst in his sleigh. Karizma Majorettes performed later during the evening, and a large group of hardy residents carried on with the carols right to the time that splutterings of rain started. All ended well around 7.30pm, with only the rotarians getting more soaked by the minute as they unravelled the scene of tents, stalls and barriers.


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