In pictures: Windsor Christmas lights switch-on

In pictures: Windsor Christmas lights switch-on

Philip Dewey

In pictures: Windsor Christmas lights switch-on

'A world class event' including the illumination of Windsor Castle saw the town's Christmas lights switched on.

 Thousands of people lined the streets of Windsor town centre for the festive event on Saturday.

Theatre Royal panto star Basil Brush switched on the lights, and a special addition was made this year with images of stained glass windows from St George's Chapel projected onto the castle's Garter Tower.

The projection was similar to a display during the London 2012 Olympics when the castle's towers had images of Great Britain rowers projected on to them.

Paul Roach, Windsor and Eton town manager, said: "This year was our biggest ever event and it was a phenomenal success.

"I think the projection is absolutely outstanding, it needed to be sympathetic to the castle with all the history behind that but I think the team pulled it off."

He added: "We've had a world class team and world class performers who've helped to put on a world class event."

Festive acts performed on a stage erected at the top of Castle Hill, including School of the Arts (SOTA), singer-songwriters Tom Dibb and Sam McGregor and Pop Goes The Choir.

There was also a lantern procession led by the Egham Band, topped off by a carol service by choristers from St George's Chapel.

Patrick Wright, 30, house master at St George's School, said: "It was a really great display and the projection is nice new addition to the lights."

Jennifer Mains, 33, of Whitton, Richmond upon Thames, said: "I thought it was absolutely fantastic and the choral singers were superb."

Businesses in Windsor and Eton are being encouraged to take part in a Best Christmas Display competition, with the winners voted for by the public, and a new 'selfie' challenge with the chance to win £50.

Click here for details.

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