This year's Christmas Lights Turn On Festival in Newent was a well-attended community success, despite the damp, chilly weather.

Newent photographer, Colin Thomas, who was out and about with his camera said: "The enthusiasm was not dampened in the least with the queue to meet Santa in the Memorial Hall going right out of the door.

"Vintage tractors, bedecked in Christmas lights, led Santa’s parade to the amazing crowds in the town centre where the lights were turned on."

He added: "The lights this year, with some new additions, are better than ever and will certainly brighten up the town over the next few weeks.

"This year the lights were turned on by Celeste Feld who won the right to do so in a drawing competition."

Attractions included a snow machine, for guaranteed snow on queue, fairground rides and the chance to browse the market stalls.

There was also a Christmas tree festival in St Mary's Church, involving around 60 decorated trees.

And there was and live music, including many season tunes, to help generate the festive spirit.

The switch-on took place last Saturday, November 23.

But festivities are only just beginning for Newent.

There will be a late night Christmas shopping event with carols, hosted by the Good News Centre in Newent, on December 5, from 5pm to 8pm.

Newent Circle Club in Broad Street will host the Children's Christmas Special event on December 20, from 7pm.