Christmas arrives in Kings Langley at lights switch-on

First published in Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Thousands turned out for this year’s Christmas Lights Festival in Kings Langley at the weekend.

The annual event showcased local choirs and bands, including Kings Langley School's jazz band, and children were encouraged to come and meet Father Christmas.

Other highlights of the event included a live broadcast from Radio Dacorum, free go-kart rides and lots of charity stalls.

The Christmas lights were switched on at 5pm in High Street by Matthew 'Marathon Man' Loddy and the mayor of Dacorum. At 7pm the sky was ablaze with colour while the firework display in Green Park took place.

A trophy was presented to the best dressed shop window in the high street, which was won by The Barbers Lounge this year.

Gerry Angiolini, who organises the festival every year, said: "It went very well. Had a call from a guy on the high street who seemed to think we had the most people there. It went really well and was very well attended. A lot of the shops made a big effort this year for the best window display competition which I think is terrific."

Mr Angiolini expressed thanks to Wilden Services, one of the main sponsors of the event, who give £3,000 each year.

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He said: "He’s been doing that for about 10 years, which is a big chunk and because of that we get to do the award for the best window."

The winner was given £50 to donate to a charity of their choice. The Barbers Lounge chose to give their winnings to the Waterside Centre, a registered charity that provides educational and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

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