SEDGEFIELD was transformed into a winter wonderland yesterday (Saturday, December 1), with the annual snowman parade and Christmas lights switch-on bringing festive cheer to residents of all ages.

Hundreds of people wrapped up warm to attend the event on the village green, which culminated in a parade of children dressed as snowmen.

Other highlights included the arrival of Santa and his reindeers, Santa’s Grotto, a craft fair in Ceddesfeld Hall, a traditional fairground, a snow machine, the Christmas lights switch-on and stalls selling sweets and hot chocolate.

Councillor John Robinson, the town mayor, said the event had been a great success and praised Angela Simpson of Sedgefield Town Council for organising it.

“It has been brilliant and everyone seems to have had a wonderful time, especially the children,” he said. “It has been going for six years now and I would say this is the best to date. We are delighted with the turn out.”

Sedgefield resident Ann Greener attended the parade with her husband Alan, daughter-in-law Carol Powell and granddaughter Lois Greener.

“There is a marvellous community here in Sedgefield and events like this really bring everyone together,” she said. “It is especially nice for the younger ones.”