10:30AM, Monday 18 November 2013
A spectacular new set of Christmas lights wowed crowds in Windsor as they were launched in style by showbiz legend Basil Brush on Saturday.
The new lights, which include 3D designs in the shape of a crown, were switched on by the famous fox to cheers from the hundreds of people gathered outside Windsor Castle for the build-up.
Basil refused to come out until he got a big enough cheer from the crowd and led a singalong of novelty chart hit The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by Norwegian duo Ylvis.
"I can tell you what a fox says, a fox says 'boom boom', kids," he told the crowd, quoting his famous catchphrase, before switching on the lights with the help of the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner.
More traditional singalongs were also the order of the day as the Choir of St George's Chapel sang Christmas carols after performances by the likes of the Egham Band, Windsor Boys' School Band and Windsor Girls' Choir.
The annual lantern procession, led by children from St George's School, also took place.
The new lights outside the castle and along Peascod Street are part of a £200,000 scheme to upgrade the town's lights over three years.
It follows six years of planning and fundraising by community and business groups within the town.
Town manager Paul Roach said: "The lights look fantastic. It's the cherry on the cake.
"It's a great start to the Christmas experience for Windsor."
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