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CHRISTMAS lights switch on events in Eastwood and Kimberley went down a storm this year.

Fireworks were put on for the first time in Kimberley, with Cllr Andy Cooper saying the event was ‘community spirit at its best’.

And the Mayor of Eastwood Ken Woodhead said he had never seen so many people in the town when they switched on their lights.

In Kimberley Santa went round the town on his sleigh handing sweets out to children – with queues all the way down Newdigate Street – and there were plenty of stalls selling seasonal gifts and crafts.

Cllr Steve Brunt said: “It was very well attended. More than last year.

“It was the first time we had done the fireworks and we had tremendous comments.”

Cllr Cooper added: “It was community spirit at its best. It was refreshing to see so many people enjoying themselves.”

In Eastwood, there was the usual packed programme of street entertainment, singing, dancing, and Christmas carols.

There was a craft market and live music as well as Santa in his grotto in the library.

Eastwood Mayor Ken Woodhead said it was a great night. “There were lots of people there,” he said. “It was very well supported. I’ve never seen so many up there and it was lovely to see the school children singing.

“I want to thank all the people of Eastwood for coming out and supporting it. It was a really, really good night.”

The Mayor judged the shops Christmas window displays on the night, and chose Best Cuts on Nottingham Road as his winner.

Other events planned in the area include Jacksdale Community Centre on December 1 at 3.45pm, Holly Road/Mansfield Road at Selston on December 5 at 4pm and Main Street/Palmerston Street in Underwood on December 7 at 3.50pm .