04:44AM, Sunday 18 November 2012
A crowd of about 1,500 people got in the festive spirit yesterday to see Windsor's Christmas lights switched on.
On a mild evening, carols rang out and a feast of food was on offer from stalls in Peascod Street before the town was lit up by Anita Harris, Olivia Scott-Taylor and Anthony Kavanagh, stars of the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomine at the Theatre Royal.
The festivities, organised by the Windsor & Eton Town Partnership, began with pupils from St George's School leading a lantern procession through the town before a programme of live entertainment began on a stage outside Windsor Castle.
The crowds joined in with traditional songs, performed by acts including the Choir of St George's Chapel and the Egham Brass Band, while the Rock Choir brought a more contemporary feel to proceedings.
The audience let out three cheers for the Queen for providing Windsor's tree and the day's proceedings left the crowd in good spirits.
Speaking after the switch-on, singer and actress Harris said: "Where else in the country can you get such a magical setting?
"It's like a fairytale and now it feels like Christmas is just around the corner."
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