Romford residents reach for the stars at Christmas lights switch-on

Published: Friday, 15 November 2019

Thousands of Havering residents flocked to Romford Market Place yesterday (14 November) to celebrate the Christmas lights switch-on, with special guests S Club 3 headlining the show.

The trio took to the stage and made dreams come true for fans young and old alike, as residents braved the cold weather for the S Club party.

Hosted by Time 107.5FM’s Mark Dover, the show included hits from The Greatest Showman by Vocal Jukebox Productions, and Christmas classics from West End performer Tabitha Webb. 

Talented locals such as 15-year-old rising star Charlie Dillon, Lit Youth Dance Group, the Habbit Factory treated the crowd to stellar performances, as well as a Queen medley by Razzamataz Theatre School Hornchurch, and Queens Theatre’s pantomime preview. 

A star-studded cast of colourful characters also turned up to celebrate with the crowds, including Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Disney’s Frozen, Toy Story’s Woody, Buzz and Jessie, and Father Christmas himself.

The show concluded with a spectacular fireworks finale and the lights switch-on, initiated by Mayor of Havering, Councillor Deon Burton. 

Mayor Deon Burton said: “Switching on the Christmas lights marks the start of the holiday season in Havering, and I’m thrilled to see so many residents coming together to celebrate the illumination of our streets. 

“I would like to thank tonight’s performers for giving us such a fantastic show, our sponsors for making this possible, and everyone who came out to share this special night.”

Sponsored by the Romford Business Improvement District (BID) and Everyone Active, the event featured a family funfair and Christmas market stalls. As part of our pledge to support local businesses and residents, all Council-owned carparks offered free parking for the event. 

Romford lights switch-on kicks off a season of festivities across the borough, which continues with the Hornchurch Christmas Cracker tomorrow (16 November), followed by a series of events across the borough over the coming weeks.