Crowds turn out to see Olympian Max Whitlock turn on Hemel Hempstead’s town centre Christmas lights

Homegrown Olympic medallist Max Whitlock was the one to flick the switch at Hemel Hempstead’s town centre Christmas lights switch on.

In a new format for the festive event there was entertainment throughout Sunday afternoon in the run up to the lights going on, followed by a fireworks display.

Switching on the Christmas lights in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, November 2013'Harry and Emily Ash, aged eight and six, enjoy the snow globe

Switching on the Christmas lights in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, November 2013'Harry and Emily Ash, aged eight and six, enjoy the snow globe

Market stalls manned by charities were given a Christmas makeover with fairy lights and entertainment was provided by Dacorum Community Choir, Kings Langley Community Choir, Amersham A Cappella, GI Gem and Radio Dacorum.

The event was put on by Dacorum Borough Council and supported by Community Action Dacorum.

On the same day Riverside Shopping Centre hosted Christmas fun to celebrate the countdown to the big day and support the lights event.