GALLERY: Rain fails to dampen spirits at Buxton’s Christmas lights switch-on

The Ice King (James Swinburn), Joseph Elliot (CBeebies star from Swashbuckle), The Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak and Don Lambert, Assistant Chaplain at the University of Derby Buxton. Photos by Frances Milburn.
The Ice King (James Swinburn), Joseph Elliot (CBeebies star from Swashbuckle), The Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak and Don Lambert, Assistant Chaplain at the University of Derby Buxton. Photos by Frances Milburn.

Torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of the crowds who turned out in force for Buxton’s Christmas lights switch-on on Friday.

People of all ages flocked to the Pavilion Gardens for the Winter Celebration, which saw an afternoon of fun for all the family.

As well as a grand bazaar in the Octagon, visitors were kept entertained by performances from Buxton Infant School and Buxton Community School as well as the Kaleidoscope Choir and the Mad Hatter Choir, rides on the train with the Snow Queen and visits to Father Christmas in his grotto.

The lantern parade led by the Ice King and High Peak Samba once again proved popular, and was followed by the countdown to the switch-on, which this year was carried out by pantomime star Joseph Elliott, who plays Cook in the CBeebies series Swashbuckle.

Andrea Lewis, of event organisers Buxton Sparkles, said: “We were delighted that so many people came and joined in the lantern parade despite the most dreadful weather.

“The enthusiasm of the youngsters was amazing. Buxton has a great community spirit.”