Thousands of people turned out for the Christmas lights switch-on in Rochford at the weekend.

Organised by Rochford Parish Council and the Chamber of Trade, the event was jam packed with something to do for everyone and a whole afternoon of entertainment.

A Christmas market took place in Back Lane where there were charity stalls and commercial stalls selling a whole host festive treats.

The day also featured a snow machine as well a stage where Heart Radio’s Martin and Su hosted a number of performances.

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge was also in attendance with Rochford District Council Chair Lesley Butcher

Arthur Williams, chairman of Rochford Parish Council, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day.

“We had about 3,000 people come out for it which is more than last year.

“There was a great family atmosphere and the day was enjoyed by everyone.

“We would like to thank everyone involved with a particular thanks to Kim Parker who helped us organise the whole event.”