Spectacular parade of lanterns bring crowds to town for lights switch on

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A colourful parade of hundreds of lanterns brought Christmas to Stony Stratford at the weekend.

The town’s annual switching on of the festive lights began with about 500 people joining the procession, creating a spectacular sight for the huge crowds lining the streets on Saturday evening.

Lanterns of all shapes and sizes were carried from York House in London Road, along to the Market Square, where the Christmas lights lit up the town and a firework display took place.

The High Street was closed to traffic as the crowds enjoyed stalls, a funfair and music in the market square provided by a host of bands throughout the day.

Among the crowds was Graham Stringer who said: “Stony was absolutely packed, you could not move in the High Street. There was so much going on and the lanterns were fantastic.”