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King Street is packed for big switch-on

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THOUSANDS of Islanders young and old packed into King Street last night to see the St Helier Christmas lights turned on.

By the time Santa Claus arrived on his sleigh from New Street at 6 pm in time for the grand switch-on, the crowd stretched out in both directions signalling a good start to the first late-night shopping day in the run-up to Christmas.

The lights were switched on by seven-year-old Tharicha Longmuir, who won a Jersey Evening Post competition to press the switch with Jepson, the newspaper's mascot for its junior readers.

However, the event has been criticised by several parents who say holding it in King Street led to a crush which made it unpleasant for children and difficult for them to see anything.

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