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PICTURES: Big crowd enjoys Weston-super-Mare Christmas lights switch on

PUBLISHED: 21:49 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 22:00 30 November 2017

Young rugby players were tasked with switching the lights on. Picture: Sam Frost

Young rugby players were tasked with switching the lights on. Picture: Sam Frost

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Hundreds of people flocked to Weston-super-Mare town centre tonight (Thursday) for the switching on of the Italian Gardens Christmas lights.

The moment the Christmas lights were switched on. Picture: Sam Frost The moment the Christmas lights were switched on. Picture: Sam Frost

A large crowd enjoyed musical performances from Sarah Eden-Winn and Lipinski, plus an appearance from the cast of The Playhouse’s Aladdin pantomime – including Eastenders star John Altman.

The honour of pressing the plunger was given to Weston Mayor Jos Holder, Mayoress Roz Willis and youngsters from the town’s rugby clubs.

The Christmas tree in the Italian Gardens. Picture: Sam Frost The Christmas tree in the Italian Gardens. Picture: Sam Frost

The switch on coincided with first late-night shopping event, with stores benefitting from increased footfall in the town centre.

Children enjoyed the rides at the switch on event. Picture: Sam Frost Children enjoyed the rides at the switch on event. Picture: Sam Frost

The cast of The Playhouse's Aladdin pantomime was joined by Weston Mayor Jos Holder and children from the town's rugby clubs. Picture: Sam Frost The cast of The Playhouse's Aladdin pantomime was joined by Weston Mayor Jos Holder and children from the town's rugby clubs. Picture: Sam Frost

Stormtroopers made an appearance at the switch on. Picture: Sam Frost Stormtroopers made an appearance at the switch on. Picture: Sam Frost

Singer Sarah Eden-Winn performed for the crowd. Picture: Sam Frost Singer Sarah Eden-Winn performed for the crowd. Picture: Sam Frost

There was a great atmosphere in the Italian Gardens. Picture: Sam Frost There was a great atmosphere in the Italian Gardens. Picture: Sam Frost

Eastenders star John Altman, who will feature in The Playhouse's pantomime, addressed the crowd. Picture: Sam Frost Eastenders star John Altman, who will feature in The Playhouse's pantomime, addressed the crowd. Picture: Sam Frost

Young rugby players were tasked with predding the plunger. Picture: Sam Frost Young rugby players were tasked with predding the plunger. Picture: Sam Frost

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