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Crowds turned out for return of Lyndhurst Christmas lights, switched on by Paralympian Aaron Phipps



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CROWDS turned out on Saturday to see Paralympian Aaron Phipps officially switch on Lyndhurst's Christmas lights.

As reported in the A&T, the village's popular overhead lights have made a comeback following a successful fundraising campaign and generous donation from the Stag Hotel.

Aaron Phipps officially switched on the lights (picture: Steve West)
Aaron Phipps officially switched on the lights (picture: Steve West)
The lights have returned after a successful fundraising campaign (picture: Steve West)
The lights have returned after a successful fundraising campaign (picture: Steve West)

The festoon lights were axed in 2019 after failing a safety inspection but thanks to the Lyndhurst lights committee's fundraising efforts they have been secured for the next three years.

Hundreds of people lined the streets (picture: Steve West)
Hundreds of people lined the streets (picture: Steve West)
Maria Harris, landlady of the Stag Hotel with Santa (picture: Steve West)
Maria Harris, landlady of the Stag Hotel with Santa (picture: Steve West)

Despite the cold weather, hundreds of people lined the streets to watch Paralympian Aaron Phipps turn on the lights at 6pm. He said afterwards: "Thanks to everyone who came and braved the baltic temperatures – I really enjoyed being there with you all."

The Stag Hotel was decked out with festive lights (picture: Steve West)
The Stag Hotel was decked out with festive lights (picture: Steve West)
More Stag Hotel decorations (picture: Steve West)
More Stag Hotel decorations (picture: Steve West)

The crowds also enjoyed entertainment from musician Liam White and a fireworks display.

The string lights made a comeback after being axed in 2019 (picture: Steve West)
The string lights made a comeback after being axed in 2019 (picture: Steve West)


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