300 carol singers turn out to switch-on Hurst’s Christmas lights

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The Karn family, parents Simon and Caroline with Harry, 11, Joshua, six, and their dog Mollie at the big switch on in Hurst Picture: Sue Corcoran

More than 300 carol singers launched their festive preparations at the lighting of their village Christmas tree.

The evening on Sunday celebrated 15 years since the big switch-on was started by parish council chair Wayne Smith.

Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band and St Nicholas Singers helped keep everyone in tune at  Hurst’s School Road recreation ground. 

Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band players

On behalf of the organisers, Hurst Parish Council, Councillor Smith said: “We’re grateful to Howard Witten, owner of The Green Man in the village, for switching on the lights and supporting the event for years by providing mulled wine.

“Other helpers included Haines Hill estate, Hurst, which gave us the tree, the silver band and singers, Waitrose, Hurst Cricket Club, the village halls and Hurst parish councillors.    

The event was an early celebration of St Nicholas Day on Friday, December 6.  The local primary school, St Nicholas, will mark the day with a service at their parish church, St Nicholas. 

Little Millie Stewart, two, had a great view, perched on top of dad Huxley Stewart, at their village Christmas tree lights switch on

Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band’s Christmas Brass and Voices concert featuring guest singers, The Barberettes, is on Sunday December 15 at Loddon Hall, Twyford at 5.30pm. Tickets at £8 for adults, with children 12 and under free, are available from 07956 020722, at the door or by emailing waltham.band@gmail.com.    

Hurst switch-on
Howard Witten, owner of the Green Man pub, Hurst, performs the village’s big switch on

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