Barnstaple celebrated its Christmas light switch on event on Sunday as crowds gathered to watch the town glitter and sparkle.

Barnstaple sparkled with festive cheer yesterday (Sunday) as crowds gathered to watch the Christmas lights turn on.

Thousands-of-people packed into The Square as the festivities began on the main stage.

Hosted by Seth Conway, along with Hopps and Chapple, the event saw musical performances from Yazzy, school choirs and Reuben Jones.

At 5.15pm, the Gazette’s annual Light Up A Life campaign, run by the North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West, was launched.

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

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Families supported by both charities spoke on stage, before a special star was lit to mark the launch of the appeal.

Crowds were then delighted by stars of this year’s panto, Beauty and the Beast, before the big switch on just after 6pm.

Musical performances then continued to stage as the town celebrated the festive occasion.

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

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Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon ElleryBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon Ellery

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon ElleryBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon Ellery

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon ElleryBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon Ellery

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon ElleryBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon Ellery

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon ElleryBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Simon Ellery

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleBarnstaple Christmas lights switch-on, 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble