PICTURES: Veterans switch on Banbury Christmas lights to huge crowd

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Thousands of people watched as Banbury’s Christmas lights were switched-on by veterans in a fun-filled day in the town centre yesterday (Sunday, November 26).

The area around the Christmas tree in Bridge Street was packed with people of all ages as four ex-servicemen pushed the big red button to illuminate the town before a firework display.

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Music, dancing and pantomime performances provided the entertainment in the day while visitors perused the dozens of stalls with lots on offer.

Mayor Cllr Colin Clarke said: “The Christmas Lights Switch-On is a magical moment that people of all ages look forward to.

“It launches the festive season in Banbury and people enjoy the build-up and seeing the lights come on.

“It is also an opportunity every year to highlight local people who have served the community.

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“This year we paid tribute to our armed forces and it was an honour to stand beside people who have contributed so much.”

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