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Thousands poured into Cathedral Square for the first ever Friday night Christmas lights switch-on in the city centre.

ESP was there to capture the action as the festive fun got underway and it proved another successful night organised by Peterborough City Council and got everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Hosted by Heart FM’s breakfast show presenters Kev and Ros, the entertainment got underway at 4pm and included local bands and guests live on stage.

This year’s switch on was being supported by Vodafone Gigafast Broadband and their mascot Rocket Kid was busy handing out special goodies to keep everyone warm and getting photographed with the kids.

Special guests included our local star of BBC’s The Apprentice, Khadija Kalifa the entrepreneur from Bourne, who had a chat on stage and joined in with the big switch-on.

At 7.25pm there was a burst of fireworks over Queensgate shopping centre and then the plunger was pushed by the Mayor Chris Ash and Council Leader John Holdich along with Father Christmas and guests.

Photos: Lead image and fireworks Emma Bothamley, story images by Chris Brudenell for ESP magazine.

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