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CHRIST­MAS is def­i­nitely on its way! Crowds flocked to two ar­eas in the north of the bor­ough to watch as fes­tive lights were of­fi­cially switched n. In Eastcote, Field End Road re­sem­bled the North Pole on Thurs­day ast week with Santa’s Grotto and a small Christ­mas mar­ket filling he pave­ment out­side The As­cott pub, in Field End Road. School and church hoirs per­formed to the rowds be­fore the Mayor f Hilling­don, coun­cil­lor Cather­ine Dann, switched n the high street lights. She was back er­form­ing the im­por­tant uty on Satur­day, this ime in North­wood Hills. About 1,000 peo­ple athered out­side Na­maste Lounge, in the re­cently efur­bished Joel Street, to hear Christ­mas car­ols and songs from a host of per­form­ers and school choirs, as well as meet Santa in his grotto and watch the mayor turn on the high street’s Christ­mas lights.

More pic­tures from both cer­e­monies are on­line at www. getwest­lon­don.co.uk

Pho­tos by Chris Berry/Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411153/NL201410877

■ FES­TIVE FEEL­ING: (Clock­wise from above) The choir from Can­non Lane Pri­mary School in Eastcote; the lights are switched on in Eastcote; the il­lu­mi­na­tions in North­wood Hills; Hill­side School pupils sing at the switch-on

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