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Crowds brave wind and rain at Mousehole Christmas lights switch-on

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

By By Jeff Reines

  • Tweeted by @cuttlemousehole

  • Photo tweeted to Cornishman by Tom McGarry

  • Picture tweeted to Cornishman by Laura Wickham

  • Photo from Frank Batt, taken by Sarah Batt

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Crowds braved gale force winds and rain to join the festivities as Mousehole switched on its famous Christmas lights.

Despite the dire forecast, the tiny port carried on with what has become a highlight of the festive season for the 50th year.

The Mousehole Lights organising committee had encouraged people to join them for the 7.30pm switch-on. Free parking was provided in Penzance, with a bus service running revellers the rest of the way.

Norma Moore, from Mousehole, wrote on Twitter earlier: "It really is a horrendous night here - such a shame after all the hard work. Wonderful to see such support though."

"Howling wind and rain - and still crowds pour in to Mousehole to see the Christmas Lights switch on for 50th year."

Julyan Drew, a Methodist minister from Newlyn, tweeted: "Well done all associated with Mousehole Christmas Lights. Another great display."

And Frank Batt, from Penzance, sent a photo taken by his wife Sarah in response to The Cornishman's request, and wrote: "A good crowd gathered...the weather cleared. A lovely evening."

Laura Wickham, an actor, singer and producer based in Bristol and London who regularly visited Mousehole with her family as a child, also shared a photo, and tweeted back: "Weather cleared just in time and the atmosphere was really friendly and festive, really glad we came. Now for mulled wine!"

"family together in Mousehole for 1st time in many years (from London and Bristol) Just as magical as I'd always imagined!"

JoJo's Jewellery in Mousehole added: "Congratulations Mousehole Harbour Lights. Another spectacular display tonight, on your 50th Anniversary Well done & Thankyou to everyone involved!!!!!!"

Margaret Keith wrote on The Cornishman's Facebook page: "It was magic. Loved the snow flakes up the hill."

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