Huge crowds turned out in Hoole on Saturday to watch BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin switch on the Christmas lights.

She told the crowd how much she loved living in Chester and that Hoole was a great community that she regularly visited for shopping and dining.

Compère for the evening, an annual community event, was Gavin Matthews from Dee 106.3FM. Chester band The Jigsaws kick started the entertainment followed by the choir from St Werburgh’s & St Columba’s Catholic Primary School who sang a selection of Christmas songs.

Beth Hopper got the crowd in the mood with her rendition of Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen which was very popular with the younger members of the crowd.

Louise was joined on stage for the big switch on by Santa, Chester the Cat and school girl Bethany Comer, who won the recent hoolisaurus trail competition.

Following the lights switch on there was a firework display.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “We would like to thank everybody that attended and extend our gratitude to the local shop keepers and businesses, residents, the wider community and of course Dee 106.3, all of whom support our event every year and help to make the night a festive joy for everyone.”

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