Brother and sister, Luca and Romey, whose mother, Melissa Wink, died recently at St Clare Hospice, switched on the Harlow Christmas lights on November 18.

The switch-on took place at The Water Gardens on November 18, marking the start of Christmas in Harlow. St Clare Hospice, where Melissa died on October 29, aged 29, is The Water Gardens Christmas charity.

It wasn’t just The Water Gardens getting involved as there was singing and dancing from Burnt Mill Academy and Little Parndon Primary school students in the market square before the town was officially lit up.

To get the children excited, there was free face painting as well as a lot of family friendly entertainment.

Kicking off the event was the Church Langley Primary School choir.

The cold didn’t stop the crowd having fun as rather appropriately, Anna and Elsa led a Disney’s Frozen sing along.

The cast of this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast treated the crowd to a teaser as they warmed everyone up with their cheerful, high energy singing and dancing.

St Clare Hospice was joined on stage by Clare Bear as they shared details of their Light Up a Life events planned for over the festive season.

Hip Hop Pop put on a show with their routine just before the main event that everyone was waiting for.

Having been chosen as The Water Gardens Christmas charity, St Clare Hospice chose siblings, Luca and Romey, to turn on the lights