THE weather held off for this year's lights switch on in Prestatyn.

Hundreds of people turned out to the High Street following a foreboding morning of high winds and rain, which saw competition winners receive the honour of flicking the switch for outstanding bravery or selflessness.

Joining cllr Anton Sampson, Mayor of Prestatyn, turn turn on the lights were Charlie Parry-Gladwin, 6 of Llanasa, who is remission from liver cancer, and 11 year old Harri Harland, representing his sister Sally who was unable to attend while at university in Liverpool.

Cllr Sampson said: "I really wanted to make sure that, in the spirit of Christmas, we gave the honour to people who truly deserve it. Charlie is so brave and strong, and even though he's not from Prestatyn itself I felt he deserved an extra bit of Christmas magic.

"It was also a pleasure to welcome Harri, who' helps his Sister Sally with all of the fantastic work she has been doing for the homeless and socially isolated."

Following the offical switch on, choirs from Ysgol Bodnant, Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Ysgol Penmorfa and Ysgol y Llys lead carol singing while the crowds enjoyed mince pies and hot chocolate.

Cllr Sampson added: " After the weather was so awful last year, I was determined to make sure it was a great event.

"I have to say, it turned out to be absolutely fantastic, the best switch on we've had in years."