HUNDREDS flocked to Peebles last week as the town played host to a packed Christmas lights switch-on.

Despite the chilly conditions, and the windy weather throughout the day on Thursday, December 7, locals flooded the High Street at teatime to watch this year's Beltane Queen, Emily Carrick-Anderson kickstart the festivities, alongside Santa.

The evening commenced at 6pm with selection of seasonal tunes played on the Parish Church Bells by Peebles Bell Ringers.

Throughout the course of the evening, music from Peebles Pipe Band, Peebles Silver Band, and Stardust Musical Theatre entertained the many shoppers, who explored the market stalls and shops.

David Elder, from the Peebles Christmas Lights Association said: "After an anxious day the weather improved in time. The market stalls were a great success and many shops stayed open late for Christmas shopping. The funfair as always helped to attract young people to the event.

"A big ‘thank you’ must go to our Beltane Queen Emily Carrick-Anderson for switching on the lights at 7.30pm ably assisted by Santa Claus.

"The lights were put up over a number of Sunday mornings and weekday evenings, and we thank everyone who helped our committee members with this task. We are grateful to Stobo Castle for their continued sponsorship.

"Many individuals and businesses helped to support us throughout 2017 in many different ways including baking for our coffee morning and buying our Christmas calendars. Special thanks go to Whities, Castle Warehouse Cook Shop, the Super Store and Couchee Righ for stocking our calendars.

David added: "Special thanks also go to Graham J Irvine Plant Hire for the use of their machinery this undoubtably makes the job of putting the display up a whole lot easier.

"Our committee members are few in number, and we could not achieve what we do each year without the input and support of other organisations and individuals in Peebles.

"Calendars are still on sale get yours while stocks last and ideal Christmas present."