Slideshow: Ossett Academy’s head boy and girl switch on the town’s Christmas lights

The festive season got officially underway as two teenage role models switched on the town’s Christmas lights.

Ossett Academy’s head boy and girl Nikil Mistry and Anjuli Patel pushed the button in front of a crowd of hundreds on the shopping precinct.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Ossett Christmas Lights, Ossett Town Centre, Ossett, England - 301113 - Crowds gather for the 2013 Ossett Christmas Lights.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Ossett Christmas Lights, Ossett Town Centre, Ossett, England - 301113 - Crowds gather for the 2013 Ossett Christmas Lights.

Children were entertained throughout the day by a Santa’s grotto inside the town hall, donkeys and fairground rides.

And there were performances by the Rapide Brothers, Priory Players and Gawthorpe Youth Band at the Osset Town Centre Partnership event.

People were able to pick up bargains and unique Christmas gifts at a craft fair inside the town hall, and at Building Ossett Better’s Yorkshire Food and Craft Market on the outdoor marketplace.

Peter Savage, of the town centre partnership, said the event was more of a success each year.

He said: “With the weather being so nice we had a lot of people coming through and they stayed there until after 7pm.

“Charities seemed to do very well and we had great feedback from the traders. New traders said everyone was very friendly and that they were looking forward to coming back, which is always nice to hear.

“We’re already looking ahead to next year’s event.”