The Christmas spirit arrived in Beckenham on Saturday when hundreds of people attended the annual candlelit parade and Christmas tree lights switch-on. The parade was held from 4pm at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground, and involved a drumming band and Father Christmas, while the tree was switched on at Beckenham Green at 5pm by Father Christmas , Anna Kennedy OBE and the Deputy Mayor.

Both events were organised Beckenham Business Association, whose chairwoman Jackie Groundsell said: “We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community – both business and residential – in giving their time, vehicles, providing free food and drink along the Parade route and generally making it the success it was.”

Anna Kennedy shares  ‘The pupils of Baston House School loved their ride in the limousine and the crowd were so warm and friendly. I was honoured to be asked and I even got to dance with Santa on stage.’