A CHRISTMAS buzz has descended on Oswestry following the switching on of the festive lights last Thursday.

Marathon star Amy Hughes was on hand to flick the switch and bring a burst of colour to the town centre as the annual display lit up.

And despite a slight hiccup that saw a loss of electricity on the Bailey Head for a short time, the show went on with a festive fever running through the air.

The 26-year-old runner from West Felton, who ran 53 marathons in 53 days for charity earlier this year, said: “It was an honour to switch the lights on, especially in my home town, I was really pleased they asked me.”

But taking centre stage were youngsters from local primary schools who sang a collection of carols and Christmas favourites in the run-up to the big switch-on.

Bringing her younger members of the family to the switch-on was Kirsty Penney, from Shrewsbury Road, Oswestry.

She said: “We came last year and really enjoyed it, so wanted to come back.

“We’re already in the festive spirit, but this just adds to it.”

Another family enjoying the celebrations were the Richardsons from Morda.

Mum and dad, Ellie and Gareth, joined by daughters Emily, Ruby and Ginny, said: “We were in the festive spirit by the end of the night.”

Also in attendance were fairground rides, The New Saints football team and a Minion from the popular Despicable Me films.

Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor John Gareth Jones, concluded: “It was another brilliant event with a very good atmosphere.

“Everybody said they were proud of Oswestry. It was lovely to see such a good turnout who enjoyed two hours of good entertainment provided by the schoolchildren.

“It was a great way to start the Christmas season.”