Gravesend Christmas Light switch on

Gravesend’s extensive Christmas celebrations began on Friday afternoon with the first of the 12 Days of Christmas events – the Gravesend’s Christmas lights switch and mass lantern parade.
Hundreds of children from 11 schools followed a giant snowbird (representing the partridge in the carol) as the town’s lights were switched on in stages by the Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Derek Sales and the Mayoress Mrs Pam Sales. They were assisted by cast members from The Woodville panto, Beauty and the Beast, Father Christmas and some of his elves.
Bloco Fogo were part of the parade which started at 4.30pm at the St George’s Centre, parading through the shopping centre onto New Road and into Windmill Street with a countdown (from 12 of course) at each stage of the lights.