In pictures: Lincoln Christmas Lights switch on

  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes For The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes For The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
  • Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Crowds gathered on Thursday evening to see the Christmas lights switch on in Lincoln.

From 5pm, passers by in St Marks Shopping Centre could enjoy entertainment from local singers and dance acts such as The Butlins Red Coats, Lincoln College, the Ultimate Rock School and the Waddington Military Wives Choir.

Then, Aladdin & Jasmine from the Lincoln Drill Hall pantomime Aladdin helped turn on the Christmas lights at 7pm.

The big event on Lincoln High Street also took place at 7pm, with Paralympic skier Jade Etherington, the Mayor of Lincoln, and his competition winner Catriona Lee (9) turning on the lights along High Street, Bailgate, Guildhall Street and Sincil Street.

Beforehand, Pedro the Clown and Lincs FM Presenter, Ross Garrigan, entertained the crowds, followed by the County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society singing carols at the War Memorial, and appearances by the characters from the pantomime.

There was a special civic procession from the Guildhall to the War Memorial while the Salvation Army Band played.

The Mayor delievered his Christmas speech before the Christmas lights were switched on ready for the festive season.