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More than 2,000 attend first Christmas tree lights switch-on in Northwood Hills
MORE than 2,000 people gathered in Northwood Hills on Saturday (27) to witness the town's first Christmas tree lights officially switched on.
Located outside the Namaste Lounge in Joel Street, the 16ft tree, together with stars, scrolls and helixes lining the road, were turned on by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor David Yarrow, as part of the second annual Northwood Hills Christmas fun day.
Pupils from Harlyn School, St John's School, Northwood School and Haydon School kept families entertained with a series of music, dance and poetry performances.
They were joined by dance group, Sole 2 Soul, covers group LST Band, steel pans from Vaughan School in Harrow and pianist Aiesha Patel, a student at Nower Hill School, in Pinner.
Visitors browsed stalls and took a trip into Santa's Grotto, before warming up with mulled wine and mince pies, served outside the William Jolle pub.
Andrew Riley, chairman of the Northwood Hills Residents Association, which organised the event with the town's Chamber of Commerce, said: "The original tree was 12ft but when it arrived it looked more like a bush, so it was a bit of a last minute scramble to find a new one.
"Despite the freezing temperatures we had a fantastic turnout and we are already making plans for next year's event.
"We hope every year will be bigger and better; perhaps one day the road will even have to be closed for the fun day.
"We would like to thank everyone who got involved and helped to make the day a massive success."
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