Hundreds of people came together in Dudley today for one of the town’s favourite annual events – the Christmas lights switch on.
Marking an official start to the town’s festivities, it featured street food, entertainment, children’s rides, festive craft markets and Father Christmas who came into town on his sleigh from Tipton Community Centre.
The Mayor of Dudley Councillor Alan Taylor switched on the lights at 5pm to cheers from the crowd, despite some earlier technical difficulties.
The Mayor was joined on stage by Christmas competition winner Debbie Sheehan and her four-year-old son Malackey, Caroline Martin from WM and Father Christmas.
People took advantage of free parking, which has been offered for all Dudley borough’s town centre switch on events. Free parking is also available to Christmas shoppers on Saturday 15 and 22 December.
Brierley Hill town centre will hold its switch on event on 30 November and Stourbridge town centre’s takes place on 1 December.
Councillor Alan Taylor, the Mayor of Dudley, said:
“It was a pleasure to see the town light up for Christmas today, I’m delighted so many people came and there was a lovely festive atmosphere in the air.
Dudley Council organises these events in conjunction with the town traders to encourage shoppers to visit the town and get into the Christmas spirit.”
For more information about Christmas in Dudley borough people can visit www.dudley.gov.uk