TROWBRIDGE came alive with festive spirit at the weekend as the Christmas lights were switched on.

Crowds gathered in their thousands to watch the fireworks, see the snow machine and do a spot of shopping at the market.

For the first time in the town, there was an ice skating rink in Fore Street where families enjoyed a skate before the big switch on.

Trowbridge Museum’s traditional Father Christmas read festive stories to children in Fore Street as he and his Victorian helpers greeted the children and listened to their wish lists.

Even the sensory garden in the park was lit up wit hundreds of tea lights.

Barbara Schroeder, volunteer at the sensory garden said: “The garden looked magical and we must have had about 500 people come and walk round.

“We had hundreds of tea lights and coloured lights in the trees as well.

“We kept replacing he tea lights and kept it illuminated for about three hours.

“Seeing people enjoy the garden makes all our work worth while.”

Two children were randomly selected from the crowd to assist the town mayor, councillor Dennis Drewitt and the town crier John Hadfield in switching on the lights.

Brothers Jensen and Locke Walsh Hill were delighted to be chosen and did the honours of pressing the button, illuminating the town with Christmas spirit.

Trowbridge mayor, councillor Dennis Drewitt said: “The light switch on and the Christmas market was all a roaring success.

“I know that some stall holders out in the open did get slightly drizzled on, but everyone seemed to have a great time.

“Where I was standing on the stage with the town crier, the two children and the Paw Patrol characters there looked to be so many people in the crowds.

“A good day was had by all, especially the brothers who switched the lights on, they really enjoyed being on stage and helping out.

“I very much look forward to doing the same, if not better, next year.”