HUNDREDS of people flocked to the Old High Street in Winsford for the annual Christmas street festival.

Excited children carried almost 200 lanterns through the town centre in a magical parade.

The primary school pupils made their own lanterns in special workshops with local artist Russell Kirk.

Children at Darnhall Primary School worked with artist Sarah Barr to create their giant lights.

Excitement mounted as town mayor Cllr Gina Lewis was hoisted up in to the air on a cherry picker to switch on the Christmas lights.

Junior mayor Mya Barlow, 10, and salt queen Brogan Bowyeris, 15, leant a helping hand.

Derek Johnson said: “Winsford Town Council staged another brilliant lantern parade to mark the turning on of the town lights and the start of the festive season. Well done to everyone involved.”

Musicians and students from Winsford Academy performed some favourite Christmas songs.

Acoustic singer songwriter Sam Lyon, from Winsford, and country music duo twins Katie and Hayley Mogford, from Middlewich, sang a selection of their popular numbers.

Both of these talented local acts have enjoyed success and recognition in national competitions and recordings this year.

Father Christmas met and chatted to hundreds of children, thanks to Winsford and Middlewich Rotary Club.

Street entertainers, carol singers, a Christmas market and a funfair all added to the festive fun.

Families enjoyed trying different dishes at various food stalls.

The winner of this year’s best dressed window competition chosen by town mayor Cllr Gina Lewis was Georgina Lockett from Georgina’s Incredible Blooms on the old High Street.

A spectacular fireworks display rounded off the celebration.

The event is made possible thanks to a number of partners working together, including Winsford Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, local CWAC councillors, Winsford Cross Shopping Centre management, local churches, Cheshire Police and Sharlands fair.

Town clerk Mark Bailey said: “We were spared the rain and everyone seemed to have a great time. The Old High Street was packed with people, creating a wonderful atmosphere.

This year’s event was hosted by Silk FM who provided music and entertainment.