Cinderella and Prince Charming joined more than one hundred Hackney residents for the annual Christmas lights switch-on this weekend.
But the event risked turning into a pantomime itself, when it took four attempts to turn on the lights.
After a few awkward minutes the tree was eventually lit, to cheers from relieved spectators, by the Hackney Empire panto characters and the Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Soraya Adejare.
“It’s about bringing the community together to embrace the essence of Christmas but also just to celebrate our borough”
Thank you residents who braved the cold this evening and @HackneyEmpire Cinderella panto cast, @Gospel_touch choir and @NostalgiaSteelB for kicking off @hackneycouncil 's annual Xmas lightup in true theatrical/musical style. pic.twitter.com/2YkzAocSO0
— Hackney Speaker (@hackneyspeaker) November 26, 2017
“The Christmas vibe was enhanced with renditions of classic carols from steel band Nostalgia, while local choir, Gospel Touch, led a selection of festive favourites.
Speaking about the event, Cllr Adejare said: “It’s about bringing the community together to embrace the essence of Christmas but also just to celebrate our borough.
“As you can see here today there were people from many different backgrounds, not all necessarily Christian, but they were all brought together here to embrace what was going on and just have fun.
“I think that’s part of what the Christmas spirit is all about.”
— Hackney Council (@hackneycouncil) November 26, 2017
As well as Hackney Central, wards Dalston, Hackney Wick, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington boast Christmas trees, and local markets including Ridley Road are adorned with Christmas lighting.