Christmas lights switched on across Newham
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as lights went up across the borough this weekend.
The cast of Peter Pan, which is being performed at Barking’s Broadway Theatre, headed to Gallions Reach to switch on the shopping park’s festive lights.
Shoppers could also enjoy a parade featuring Santa, his elves and a bunch of young performers.
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He took to the stage at the end of an afternoon of performances and entertainment in the shopping centre.
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East Ham was lit up by children from schools across the borough who created lanterns to take part in a parade from the market hall.
Michelle Fitzgibbons, marketing manager at East Ham Market Hall, said: “The kids worked so hard on their lanterns, they were amazing.”
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Following entertainment including choirs, a Punch and Judy show and Santa’s Grotto, the lights in Stratford and East Ham were switched on by the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales.
He said: “I look forward to switching on the Christmas lights every year as it signals the start of the festive season.
“It was great to see so many Newham residents coming along braving the cold temperatures and having fun.
“Christmas is the time to come together to celebrate and enjoy each others company.”
The festive fun is set to be embraced even further as two Christmas markets arrive in the borough.
The Royal Docks Community Christmas Market is taking place on Pier Parade between noon and 4pm on Saturday, while on December 6, Woodgrange Market will have an array of festive entertainment ahead of the lights being switch on at 6pm.