The Christmas lights in Chester may have missed their cue last night but performers in the parade shone as they wended their way around Chester city centre.

Themed on the popular song the 12 Days of Christmas, lords leapt, maids milked and swans swam from Chester Town Hall Square, down Werburgh Street, up Eastgate Street, down Bridge Street and back up Northgate Street.

Organised by CH1ChesterBID and Cheshire West and Chester Council , Santa made an appearance as fireworks went off in the grounds of Chester Cathedral and festive characters ChELFie, ELFie and companions entertained children on the route.

Lord Mayor of Chester Hugo Deynem and Lady Mayoress Deb Deynem joined the parade, along with city town crier David Mitchell.

The Christmas Lights switch-on parade on November 19, themed on the Twelve Days of Christmas: Lord and Lady Mayoress of Chester join the parade
The Christmas Lights switch-on parade on November 19, themed on the Twelve Days of Christmas: Lord and Lady Mayoress of Chester join the parade

Complaints on social media at the failure of the Christmas illuminations were balanced by praise for the quality of the parade, one of a series organised by artist Russell Kirk. The next one to take to the streets will be the popular lantern parade on November 26

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