The Portishead Christmas Lights Committee and all those who supported them did the town proud once again with a wonderful display.

This year’s display was bigger and better than ever as the lights extended from all along the High Street up to the West Hill area of the town.

The switch on itself saw a huge crowd gather in Portishead town centre and BBC television presenter Jemma Cooper was joined by Father Christmas and the carnival royal family to turn on the bright lights before a wonderful fireworks display from Langford-based firm Skyburst.

The Portishead Christmas Lights are put up by around 100 hundred volunteers and the principal donors who were represented on the switch-on podium were Portishead Town Council, Future Bathrooms Ltd, Portishead Raft Race, Portishead Carnival, F H Halliday & Sons and Portishead Motorcare.

A spokesman for the lights committee said: “We thought the switch on went brilliantly. Jemma Cooper is a very experienced Master of Ceremonies and she said she thought it was the biggest crowd ever.

“We would also like to make special mention of Waitrose, who allowed us a “green token collection” during November, and Portishead in Bloom, who provided a number of volunteers to supplement our own, helping with the street collection during the switch-on which raised more than £900.

“Portishead Christmas Lights is all about people from all walks of life, social backgrounds and from different generations, all working harmoniously together to promote community spirit in Portishead, and pride in our town.”