Thousands flock to see Xmas lights


This year the lights and tree will be costing £30k

Up to five thousand people gathered together round the bandstand on Saturday night to see Eastleigh’s Mayor John Caldwell turn on the towns Christmas lights assisted by Father Christmas and special guest of honour, town crier David Squires – from Poole in Dorset.

This was followed by a magnificent firework display, the culmination of a day of family fun with a craft market, petting zoo and childrens rides from Stevens funfair as attractions.

The Mayor and his guests had led a ‘Grand Procession’ around the town centre along with the Carnival Queen and her court while being serenaded by the Old Boys Cadet Band from Romsey.

The switch on had been preceeded by community carol singing conducted by the town band and singers from Eastleigh Churches.

mayor singing

The mayor joined in with the carol singing on the bandstand

The firework display is usually accompanied by festive music – however this year saw a break with tradition and ‘Firestarter’ by X-rated band ‘The Prodigy’ – who had a memorable hit in 1998 with ‘Smack my bitch up’ – was played instead.

From the 29th of November until Christmas Eve, stores in the Swan Centre will be open an extra half hour in the evening Monday to Saturday, closing at 6pm instead of 5.30pm

See video of the countdown and firework display.

N.B ‘The Prodigy’ soundtrack has been overdubbed by Eastleigh News IT boffins with traditional Christmas music from Mantovani so as not to casue offence to families with young children.


and if you can’t get enough of Mantovani….


Photo: © S Slominski

  3 comments for “Thousands flock to see Xmas lights

  1. November 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    O, so thats what the thing is on top of the Bandstand. I had seen it there all year and was very interested as to what it was. Its a light..!!

    Nice video, great to see so many people enjoying the show but what a awful Santa. Looks like an over paid, over stuffed Borough Councilor to me.!!

    All put on at the cost to the local taxpayer for the cheap sum of 30p. Worth every penny..

    O sorry, did that say £30k.???? I know it is the time for giving but thats taking the p1ss..!!

  2. Stephen Slominski
    November 26, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I have to say I am enjoying Cllr Caldwell’s stint as Mayor. As you can see from the video he is a good public speaker with a sense of fun.
    Just the sort of person I would vote for to be a Mayor of Eastleigh – if I had the democratic opportunity to do so.

  3. November 26, 2010 at 1:30 am

    How can you say Eastleigh and Democratic in the same sentence..??

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