Despite the pouring rain, Hull city centre saw an incredible turnout for the Christmas lights switch-on.
Thousands turned out for the moment that signalled the start of Christmas in the city as Lord Mayor Councillor Steve Wilson and special guests hit the big button to bathe Queen Victoria Square in festive illumination.
Watch the switch-on below:
Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅😊 pic.twitter.com/h2vBEdICjK
— Hull CC News (@Hullccnews) 14 November 2019
The deluge from the sky continued but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hardy souls wrapped in waterproofs and sheltered under umbrellas to brave one of the city’s most popular events.
Hull city centre’s 52ft Christmas tree looked resplendent after the Norway spruce was lit up to complete its journey from Woods Christmas Tree Farm in the midlands.
Lights ON! 🎄💫🎉
It might have rained, it might have been cold, but you turned out to sing, dance and have a laugh with us.
— Back to Ours (@BTOHull) 14 November 2019
Crowds sung and danced to a host of live performances programmed by Back to Ours, led by MC Andy Train from the balcony of Hull City Hall.
Wow what a turnout the people of Hull amaze me again. Despite the driving rain hundreds turned out to witness a fab show from the City Hall balcony. Thanks to @BTOHull and special thanks to Sophie Carter my special Olympian gold medal winning swimmer, you were amazing pic.twitter.com/VuRTTramYD
— Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull (@LordHull) November 14, 2019
And the Lord Mayor thanked crowds and his guest, Special Olympics GB athlete Sophie Carter, on his Twitter account before praising Back to Ours for putting on a “fab show”.