Tens of thousands of visitors turned out on Sutton High Street on Saturday for the Christmas lights switch on.
The annual event – which was organised by our consumer brand, Enjoy Sutton – kicked off at 12 noon with stilt walkers, carol singers and costumed characters.
Celebrations continued with an open-air concert hosted by Radio DJ, Mick Brown and stage performances from the Carshalton Pantomime Company, local high school bands and dance groups.
Capping off the day’s entertainment, celebrity guests Scott Robinson and Ritchie Neville from 90s boyband 5ive performed some of their greatest hits on stage, before joining the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton, Councillor Arthur Hookway and Mrs Su Hookway to switch on Sutton’s Christmas lights.
Mayor Hookway said: “It’s been very enjoyable. I’ve never seen lights like this. I’d like to say thank you to Successful Sutton for arranging everything. The town is looking very vibrant.”
The switch on also saw the opening of Santa’s grotto in Times Square and lots of festive fun in St Nicholas Shopping Centre, including special appearances by Bjorn the Bear and Peppa Pig storytime sessions.
The Christmas gift market, by Ecolocal, provided locally made arts and crafts for eager bargain hunters and the Sutton land train returned for another year with free rides up and down the High Street.
Ross Feeney, CEO of Successful Sutton said: “We had a great day in Sutton turning on the Christmas lights. Thousands of people have been in town throughout the day enjoying the entertainment on stage and through the High Street. Everything we have done has been about getting people to Enjoy Sutton and to start to enjoy the Christmas period that is coming up.”