FESTIVE fever swept through Stonehouse on Saturday as hundreds of residents crowded into the High Street for the annual Goodwill Festival and Christmas lights switch-on.

The town took on a Dickensian feel as traders wore Victorian inspired outfits which mimicked scenes from A Christmas Carol.

Traders and charities manned brightly decorated stalls selling seasonal snacks as well as goodies and gifts, whilst children visited Santa in his grotto or went to see an African drumming and storytelling performance in the Town Hall.

A festive lantern parade contributed an extra touch of Christmas sparkle to proceedings thanks to children from the Park Infant and Park Junior School.

In true Christmas fashion, tinsel sparkled, mince pies were eaten and seasonal songs filled the air before the lights were switched on by Santa Claus and Stonehouse mayor Chris Brine to loud applause.