Photos: Christmas comes to Thanet with festive light switch-ons

Christmas fun in Birchington Photo Frank Leppard

Christmas light switch-on fun took place over the weekend in Margate, Broadstairs, Birchington and Ramsgate.

Crowds turned out for entertainment, stalls, music, fun and the big switch on. Christmas trees in Margate Cecil square, Margate Old Town and Westgate have been put in place by Grieve and Wife Roofing providing safe access and Youngs Nursery providing the lights and trees.

Margate Photo Carl Hudson

In Margate’s town mayor Rob Yates switched the lights on at the Old Town and took part in the celebrations, alongside Libertines co-front man Carl Barat and county councillor Barry Lewis.

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Over in Ramsgate town celeb Ralph Hoult and the cast of Sleeping Beauty did the honours.

Birchington Photo Alan Green

Birchington residents were also entertained with a variety of dancers and music while Broadstairs held its annual Christmas market and people were invited to bring their own lanterns and torches to ‘Light up the park’.

Ramsgate Photo Frank Leppard

A new addition in Ramsgate this year was the St George’s church celebration of its first year of Project 200 which included entertainment by Free Range Orchestra.

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There were also animations and video projections by the students of University for the Creative Arts. There was also a procession and light projections on the lantern tower of the church by James Brown AV.

Next weekend Christmas light switch-on events will be held in Westgate and Cliftonville.