Residents enjoy Hackney s Winter Lights Christmas Festival

Shoppers and passers-by were treated to some Christmas cheer as the Narrow Way came alive with music, lights and magic.

Local classical singers the Mediaeval Baebes entertained the crowds, while there was more music from a steel pan band and drummers at the Winter Lights Christmas Festival at St John-at-Hackney Churchyard in central Hackney.

Residents and children had the chance to get creative and make lanterns at workshops in St Augustine’s Tower with local artist Emily Tracy, and afterwards took part in a parade around St John-at-Hackney Churchyard.

Hula hoop performers Hoop La La - Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, who train at Circus Space in Hoxton - got into the festive spirit, donning Santa outfits and performing with fluorescent hoops.

And there was more fun with carols, juggling, magic and roasted chestnuts.

The Hackney Christmas Lights Festival is organised by Hackney Council, St John-at-Hackney Church, and shops and businesses in the Narrow Way.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “This is a great way for residents of all ages to come together and enjoy some festive cheer.”

The Rev’d Rob Wickham, Rector of Hackney, said “We are thrilled to be hosting such an important initiative. The Churchyard is one of the hidden gems of Hackney, and we long to hear the sound of fun and laughter echoing through its hallowed paths.”

Anyone who missed the festivities can go along on Thursday 18 December for the final in a series of three festive events.