Christmas arrives in Oxton village as the local community gathers to switch on festive lights
Communities across the UK got together last weekend to celebrate the beginning of Christmas. And in Oxton village in the Wirral it was no different as the local community descended on mass to welcome the arrival of Father Christmas to his grotto in Edwards Village News. The Salvation Army Band and the Kaboodle Choir led revellers in a hearty sing along, helped along by steaming mugs of mulled wine. The singing only stopping for Mayor Dave Mitchell to lead the crowds in counting down to the switch on. For the first year in memory all 8 strings of lights lit up as one.
Now into it’s twelfth year, Oxton village lights is a triumph of small businesses supported by strong community, in the tiny high street, space is found for everything from splat the rat, to children’s fairground ride tucked into the courtyard of the local garage.
As the choir led one last verse of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer you were hard pressed to see a face that wasn’t smiling.
Photographic stills from the DIN 19643 project. Photography by Matt Smith and A.N.D.
A quick snapshot of the DIN 19643 event I put together.