RESIDENTS from Corsham came out in force as thousands of people watched the Christmas light switch-on.

The festivities were in full swing as the streets were packed with stalls, food and music.

Pressing the button for the switch-on was the winner of the town council's Christmas card competition, five-year-old Olivia Smith who was joined by runners-up Oscar Morris and Jamie Lewis.

Olivia said “I drew a robin on a candy cane stick. It was really fun.”

A teddies stall boosted fundraising for a Tanzania trip for Will King. He is part of the local Scout group who are doing a project to help teachers and pupils at a disadvantaged school.

He said: “We’re doing really well with the fundraising. I want to help other people around the world as it’s a good thing to do and to meet new people.”

The choir from local school Heywood Prep sang a range of Christmas carols to get people into the Christmas spirit on Friday night.

There were lots of first time stalls taking part including the Guide leaders and tasty fudge treats with sweetmaker Nick Ross.

Antiques dealer Paul Martin was also in attendance as shops stayed open late.

Crowds were entertained by Bristol-based band Ushti Baba followed by a countdown before the lights were switched on at 6pm.

Corsham Town Council chairman Steve Abbot did the countdown and thanked people for making the evening such a success.

He said: “The Christmas card winner was picked from over 200 entrants. It’s really nice to have something handmade from the town. The town is a hidden gem. We’re working hard to keep the town alive and it’s important for the community to get people involved.”

There was fun for everyone with Father Christmas, Xpression Street Dance and Rock Choir.