Added on: 17th November, 2017 by O1
Thousands enjoyed another fantastic festive event in Orpington town centre on Thursday night, as the high street was illuminated with Christmas lights, good cheer and a spectacular fireworks display.
Record numbers were in attendance for a fabulous evening of on stage entertainment, fairground rides, market stalls, Santa and his reindeer and an incredible firework finale.
'Light Up Orpington', funded by Orpington 1st, the town centre's business community, has grown to be a key date in the events calendar. Orpington 1st Executive Director Sharon Baldwin said, "It's wonderful to see a great number of our businesses getting involved on the night, and to see so many families enjoying themselves. This year has seen the largest crowd yet."
As well as performances from local theatre schools, circus performers, rising star and Orpingtonian Harrison J Bodnar, and a barnstorming set by Gwen and the Good Thing, the audience were treated to some festive singing from a Mariachi band.
LSEC principal, Sam Parrett OBE tweeted, "Congratulations on another great Light Up Orpington event, the town centre was buzzing".
Posting on Facebook, Orpington resident, Tommy, said "Kids had a great time and we managed to discover some great new businesses along the highstreet... it was great to see the overwhelmingly positive community of Orpington"
Attendee and Orpingtonian, Steve, tweeted "Well done for another fantastic Light up evening. Lots of family fun", with Cllr. Chris Pierce adding, "Well done indeed. It was fantastic, you did us all proud"
The Walnuts Shopping Centre's free Santa's Grotto proved extremely popular, with hundreds of children taking the opportunity to meet the great man, all of whom received a free gift.
The night was capped off with the eagerly anticipated firework display which wowed the crowds. Petts Wood resident Laura commented, "They were the best fireworks I've seen in a long time. Absolutely brilliant".
Orpington 1st BID Manager Chris Travers said, "Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to a fantastic atmosphere and a big thank you to all our businesses."
See lots more photos on the Orpington 1st Facebook Page