Festive switch-on lights up the town

Retford Christmas Lights switch on, Cold Play tribute band, Cold Place take to the stage (w121201-7e)
Retford Christmas Lights switch on, Cold Play tribute band, Cold Place take to the stage (w121201-7e)

HUNDREDS of people gathered in Retford’s Market Square on Saturday for the Christmas lights switch-on.

Despite the cold weather the twinkling lights helped to keep everyone’s festive spirits up.

Retford Christmas Lights switch on, meeting Hero the Help for Heroes bear (w121201-7c)

Retford Christmas Lights switch on, meeting Hero the Help for Heroes bear (w121201-7c)

Families started to arrive during the afternoon to enjoy all the action provided.

Entertainment came in the form of a Christmas market and performances from local dance schools.

Later on there were performers from a Blues Brother tribute act, Retford band The Torn, carols and a superb set from headliners Coldplace.

Then as the sky went dark, came the moment everyone had been waiting for.

Retford Christmas Lights switch on with Help for Hero's bear, Bassetlaw Council Chairman Ian Campbell and Paralympian Crystal Lane (w121201-7a)

Retford Christmas Lights switch on with Help for Hero's bear, Bassetlaw Council Chairman Ian Campbell and Paralympian Crystal Lane (w121201-7a)

Team GB paralympian Crystal Lane joined Bassetlaw Council chairman Coun Ian Campbell and the Help For Heroes bear on stage for the big count down.

The sky lit up with colourful and twinkling lights which will be there for shoppers to see throughout the festive season.