Devonshire Square was filled with festive spirit and song with the switching on of the Christmas lights at the weekend.
Against a starlit sky on chilly Friday afternoon a crowd gathered and heard carols and classic tunes as they waited for the countdown to begin.
A choir from Bexhill Academy led by performing arts teacher Adam Hepkin was joined by his Bexhill Community Choir and together they performed to the delight of their audience.
Churches Together In Bexhill’s chairman Rev Graham Holliday read a passage from the bible and delivered a Christmas blessing, and street pastors were present with their mini-bus to chat with people at the event.
Town Mayor Cllr Frances Winterborn then did her best to encourage everyone to shop locally in Bexhill and support the town’s traders then began the the countdown with everyone noisily joining in.
CTIB spokesman Cllr Michael Ensor said: “It was brilliant, it really was. The choir was very talented and sand a whole medley of popular carols, with the words on a big tv screen so the crowd could sing along. It filled Devonshire Square with the songs of Christmas. there was a nice little crowed and the weather was crisp, and people were saying this was a wonderful launch to the christmas period because it was the Friday night before the First Sunday in Advent. I was very pleased - we’d like to thank Adam Hepkin and the young people from Bexhill High, as well as some former pupils, who formed part of the choral group.”