Strictly Come Dancing star and BBC radio host, Vanessa Feltz, switched on the Christmas tree lights at Church Street market in Westminster as part of a Christmas event arranged by CityWest Homes, who manage 1,500 homes in the area.
Ms Feltz joined another special visitor, Father Christmas, to switch on 70 metres of lights on the Church Street market tree, donated by Baker Street Quarter.
Ms Feltz, who was accompanied by one of her daughters, said: “It’s my neighbourhood and I love it. I thought it would be great to come down and see all the people from around the neighbourhood.”
On how she’s planning to spend the day on 25 December, Ms Feltz said: “I’m expecting my first grandchild on the first of January. We won’t be going too far. The family will be coming and I will definitely be cooking the Christmas lunch. One of our favourite traditions is stirring the Christmas pudding, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Nick Richards, from CityWest Homes who organised the events, said: “Christmas is a really good time to put on community events that are great fun and which everyone can enjoy.
“The Church Street area’s regeneration plans were recently given the thumbs up from residents. In the New Year we are going to see some exciting changes around Church Street market and Paddington. The local community will play a huge role in shaping how the area will look in years to come.”
Earlier in the afternoon, CityWest Homes laid on a jolly Christmas party for 50 local children, who enjoyed entertainer Mr Marvel and his disco. The children, who were very clear they had all been very good this year, were given toys donated by students, staff and teachers from London Business School who operate in Marylebone nearby. Father Christmas and Ms Feltz were on hand to give out gifts, helped by three Christmas elves (volunteers) from London Business School.
Sharon Wilson, from London Business School, said: “We do a lot of work with CityWest Homes. We are neighbours and it’s really nice to bridge the two communities. We are both about learning, regardless of age.”
Local resident Leyla Harvey said: “It was nice to see the children enjoying themselves, and there was a good mix of different age groups. My daughter Rachel loved the entertainer and her present, which was a Russian doll painting set.”
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