The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE -

CAROL singing, roast chest­nuts and mulled wine helped get Wood­ley’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions un­der­way.

On Satur­day night, hun­dreds of peo­ple flocked to the Crock­hamwell Road shop­ping precinct to see the win­ners of a poster con­test switch on the lights on the town’s Christ­mas tree: white for the Wood­ley Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment Ini­tia­tive and red for the Wood­ley and Ear­ley Lions’ tree of light.

Read­ing Op­er­atic So­ci­ety and Wood­ley Con­cert Band once again joined forces to lead the singing of pop­u­lar favourites in­clud­ing O Come All Ye Faith­ful and Hark The Herald An­gels Sing.

The ser­vice was led by the Revd Andy Baker from Wood­ley Bap­tist Church, while there were greet­ings from Tim Dixon from the Lions, Jacques Lher­bier, from Wood­ley Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment Ini­tia­tive and town mayor Cllr Sam Rah­mouni.

Now the lights are on, all eyes will be on Sun­day’s Win­ter Ex­trav­a­ganza which runs in the town cen­tre from 10am through to 3pm.

Pic­tures: Phil Creighton

The Crock­hamwell Road shop­ping precinct was packed on Satur­day night for the an­nual Christ­mas light switch-on

Mu­sic came from the Wood­ley Con­cert Band

Read­ing Op­er­atic So­ci­ety helped lead the singing

JAC (above) helped pro­vide the re­fresh­ments. Right: The light switch-on win­ners

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