Smiling faces and festive cheer filled Hillington Square on Sunday afternoon as the community came together for a Christmas Lights switch-on event organised by Freebridge Community Housing.
Following on from the success of last year’s event, the organisers were thrilled to see such a great turnout for an afternoon of live music, mince pies and seasonal celebrations.
Robert Clarke, director of housing at Freebridge, said: “As everyone had such a great afternoon at the Christmas tree event at Hillington Square last year we were really keen to do it again.
“So having worked with our partners to set up the event it was really good to see so many people in the heart of the community getting into the Christmas spirit.”
Organised by Freebridge Community Housing and their partners Lovell, The Purfleet Trust and All Saints Church, the switch on of the Christmas Tree Lights, was the perfect way to start off the Christmas fun.
Soundtracked by two local music groups – The Familiar and Battle Of The Acoustic Bands runners-up Morganway – onlookers were enjoying the festive entertainment, plus the delicious selection of food on offer at the Olive Branch Café.
Hillington Square celebrated the first milestone in the £30-million regeneration project last month when Millfleet Court, the first phase of the work, was officially unveiled. The second phase is due to start in 2015.