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Anton du Beke in Shad Thames for Christmas lights

London SE1 website team

Anton du Beke has switched on the Christmas tree lights in Cayenne Court on Butler's Wharf.

Anton du Beke
Anton du Beke
Anton du Beke
Children from Tower Bridge Primary School
Children from Tower Bridge Primary School
Father Christmas
Father Christmas
Christmas tree at Cayenne Court
Christmas tree at Cayenne Court

A large crowd of residents gathered in the courtyard behind the Cardamom Building to join the Strictly Come Dancing star in a countdown to the lighting.

The ceremony was followed by a short carol concert given by children from nearby Tower Bridge Primary School. As well traditional carols, such as Away in a Manger and Silent Night, the young singers had prepared two seasonal songs with drumming and one with footwork.

The final words of We wish you a Merry Christmas were drowned out by cheers as Father Christmas appeared on a balcony.

Shortly afterwards he came down into the square to distribute presents to the singers who gathered under the blue-lit tree.

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