Thousands pack Cathedral Square for Christmas lights switch on - in pictures

Switching on the 2014  Christmas lights in Cathedral Square, Peterborough. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-141115-190305009
Switching on the 2014 Christmas lights in Cathedral Square, Peterborough. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-141115-190305009
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Christmas arrives in Peterborough: Cathedral Square was packed for the annual festive light switch on, while Warwick Davis was the star at Serpentine Green.

More than 9,000 people crammed into Peterborough city centre for the festivities on Saturday, 15 November.

Switching on the 2014  Christmas lights in Cathedral Square, Peterborough. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-141115-190206009

Switching on the 2014 Christmas lights in Cathedral Square, Peterborough. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-141115-190206009

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The lights were switched on by mayor of Peterborough cllr David Over, Father Christmas and Pudsey, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Paul Stainton and 11 year old David Shepperton, who had won a competition to press the button.

Before the button was pressed to turn the city centre in to a winter wonderland, there was a variety of musical acts taking to the stage to entertain the crowds.

Councillor Lucia Serluca, cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism at Peterborough City Council, said: “This is a wonderful, magical time of year that brings people from across Peterborough together to enjoy our stunning city centre, illuminated in all its historic glory.

A Christmas market trading in Cathedral Square for shoppers in the run up to the big day, opening on 12 December.

There was more festive cheer at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton, Peterborough when film star Warwick Davis switched on the lights.

The Yaxley film star – who played Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies switched on the lights with the help of two competition winners Hollie Coupland, (14) and Shane Baird, (8).

Warwick stayed to meet fans and sign autographs after the lights switch on.

David Wait, Serpentine Green manager said: “Warwick was absolutely brilliant.

“He took so much time to talk to everybody who had come to see him.”

The event was hosted by Heart FM’s breakfast show presenters Kev Lawrence and Ros Webb.

There was a visit from Peterborough United captain Jack Payne and midfielder Grant McCann.

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