Local MP Karen Buck switched on the Christmas tree lights at Church Street market in Westminster as part of an exclusive Christmas event arranged by CityWest Homes, who manage 1,500 homes in the area.
Ms Buck was joined by another special visitor, Father Christmas, to switch on the Christmas lights, donated by the local Tesco store, on the Church Street market tree, donated by local business network group Baker Street Quarter.
They were also joined by children from local school, King Solomon Academy, who sang cheerful Christmas carol favourites including ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ and ‘Deck the halls’.
Ms Buck told the gathered crowd: “We all want a happy and safe Church Street, with great services and great community spirit. That’s why events like this are so important. The more we get to know each other, the better we can create a happy and safe Church Street.”
Kate Donovan, central area manager from CityWest Homes, said: “Christmas is a really great excuse to bring the community together. We’ve been doing the tree lighting for a few years now and get such a great response from people in the area. Local businesses pitch in too. It’s a true community event.”
Before the lights went on and while the children of King Solomon Academy sang, staff from the local CityWest Homes team handed out free mince pies and mulled wine to the crowd and chilly shoppers.
Rashid Bensherghin, a local resident and King Solomon Academy teacher, said: “One of the strengths of this community is its diversity and this is a great opportunity to get together.”