PICTURE SPECIAL: Kettering Christmas lights switch-on 2017

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Home-town comedian James Acaster helped get Christmas officially under way in Kettering last night.

The funnyman, who regularly appears on panel shows such as Mock the Week, was joined by stars of the Lighthouse theatre panto Snow White to start the festivities in Market Place.

Special events were also held in the nearby Yards shopping area for spectators who braved the wintry conditions.

Pictures by Alison Bagley.