Radio Solent presenter Steve Harris pushed the button to illuminate Ferndown’s Christmas tree lights on Saturday (30 November).
He was helped by Dawn Egging, co-founder of the Jon Egging Trust, a charity set up following the death of her son, the Red Arrow pilot who lost his life after completing an aerial display in Bournemouth.
Steve and Dawn were introduced to a crowd of about 200 people by Ferndown’s deputy mayor Cllr Steve Lugg. Both Steves were sporting Movember moustaches, grown to raise money for charity.
Festive music by the University of the Third Age (U3A) ukulele band preceded the countdown and as well as the Christmas tree lights, everyone was bedazzled by a new raft of lights in Penny’s Walk, provided by Ferndown Town Council. The Mayor, Cllr John Lewis, made a surprise visit and said he felt the event had gone very well.
The lights switch-on was organised by the Ferndown Chamber of Commerce and started in the afternoon with various charity stalls and activities around the clock tower. Festivities continued into the early evening with mulled wine in the Stone Lounge. The Studio One Children’s Choir performed their Christmas song ‘Love From Home’ to a captive audience to round off the event.