Hackney’s Christmas lights switched on launching festive season

PUBLISHED: 16:41 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:42 01 December 2014

Hackney Speaker with Kojo and Jade from Capital FM. Photo Gary Manhine for Hackney Council.

Hackney Speaker with Kojo and Jade from Capital FM. Photo Gary Manhine for Hackney Council.

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Christmas lights at the Town Hall were switched on at the weekend, as the council promised to ‘Make Hackney Sparkle’.

Speaker Cllr Sharon Patrick was joined by Capital XTRA Breakfast Radio presenters Kojo and Jade to flick the switch, marking the start of a run of free festive events and seasonal entertainment throughout December.

The Hackney Community Choir brought some festive cheer to the event with traditional carol singing and cyclists were invited to decorate themselves and their bikes for the Cycling Sparkle competition, with prizes including a new bike and safety gear.

To reflect the borough’s reputation in the fashion world five Christmas trees across the borough have been decorated by a team of four top fashion designers - James Long, Lou Dalton, Craig Green and Princess Julia.

For anyone who has yet to start their Christmas shopping, festive shopping events are planned throughout December at Hackney’s markets and across its town centres, and shoppers are being treated to free parking on streets near Hoxton and Ridley Road markets on key shopping dates.

There will also be street food and craft pop up markets, carol concerts and a Santa’s grotto.

Around £130,000 has been donated by businesses for the seasonal events, including Derwent London, LPC Living, The Montcalm, Hackney Fashion Hub, Here East, Berkeley, Rocket Investments and XL Video, while creative businesses Accept & Proceed, The Relative and Elevenfiftyfive donated time and expertise.

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