The Christmas lights have been switched on in Kettering as the town welcomed in the festive season with a dazzling display.
Hundreds of people gathered in the town’s Market Place as West End actor Darren Day and other stars of the Peter Pan pantomime, which will be shown at the Lighthouse Theatre over the Christmas period, flicked the switch.
They were joined on stage by nine-year-old Mia Rose, of St Mary’s School, Kettering, who was the lucky winner of a competition to design a Christmas tree.
Earlier, the crowds had been entertained by a range of local singers, including Infuzion, Rock Voices and Charlie Botting, the winner of talent contest K-Factor.
Students from the Starlight Dance school also wowed the crowd on what was a freezing November evening in Kettering.
The town was illuminated at about 6.45pm, after nearly two hours of entertainment, which also included a visit from reindeer Dundar, aged five, and Anya, two.
Kettering mayor Cllr Jim Hakewill said he was amazed and delighted by the number of people who braved the cold and packed into the town centre.
He added: “There didn’t seem to be a spare space anywhere on the Market Place.”
Next week’s Telegraph will have more reaction and pictures from the evening.