Photos: Westgate Christmas fair and light switch on

The Westgate switch on Photo Frank Leppard

Westgate was bustling yesterday (December 1) as crowds turned out for the Christmas fair and light switch on.

Westgate couple Lorraine and Richard Hambidge were the town’s local heroes 2019 and flipped the switch on the Christmas lights. Despite a slight hiccup the town was soon twinkling.

Westgate resident Wilfred Jenkins also received a special award for his continuous help and shining example for people with additional needs. Wilfred, 22, was Santa’s Guardian during the event.

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The event also featured a large Christmas street market, live entertainment on two stages all day, parade, funfair, grotto, food, drink and more.

It was organised by the Christmas Lights Committee and supported by the town council.


  1. Pathetic,no lights,poor entertainment ,just overpriced food drink and junk.poor organisation and worse singing!

  2. Me and my dad do a stall every year for as long as I can remember, it’s 1⃣ of the highlights of the year that is a great way to get in the Xmas spirit. But we turned out to do our stall where we plot at the same place and time to get there and ask for us to get to the pitch to be rudely spoken to, shunned off, and told to join the bk of the cue. This has never happened before in all the years we have been participating. We were so upset that we turned around and we went home.

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