Record crowds start the countdown to Mansfield’s Christmas

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Record numbers of revellers flocked to Mansfield town centre this afternoon, Sunday 17th November, for town’s biggest seasonal celebration.

It was thought that up to 8,000 people crammed into the Market Square for the Christmas lights switch on as the countdown to the festive period got underway.

NMAC10-3109-24'Mansfield Christmas Lights switch on'Firework finale.

NMAC10-3109-24'Mansfield Christmas Lights switch on'Firework finale.

But it was not just the pushing of the plunger to light up the town’s Christmas tree that got the crowds going, but hours of entertainment during the big build up.

Those who took to the stage in front of the town hall included Cantamus Girls Choir, The Ghost Academy’s performing arts band and dancers, as well as guest appearances from Palace Theatre pantomime stars Ruth Madoc and Dave Benson Phillips, Postman Pat and of course, Father Christmas.

And just before 5pm, the switch was flicked to light up the town centre, followed by fireworks lighting up the sky.

Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton described it as the ‘best ever’ thanks to the huge crowds who came out to mark the occasion.

He said: “It went very well, there’s a huge amount of effort that goes into this each year.

“We can’t count the footfall, but we think there’s about 8,000 people here and it has got everybody in the Christmas mood.”