The Batchelor family gather around Alexander Batchelor (front centre), the boy given the honour of switching on Lauder's Christmas lights this year.
Everything else might have been dampened but spirits weren’t as townsfolk turned out in their scores to see young Alexander Batchelor flick the switch to light the way to the festive season. Our photographer Phil Wilkinson was there to catch all the action.
From left, Holly Fortune, Kathleen Anderson, Emily Potts, Mirren Cleghorn and Emily Fortune watching Lauder's Christmas lights being switched on.
From left, Abby Anderson, Charlotte Aitchison, Kirsty Page, Janet Thomas, Lizzie Emmerson and Nina Kunkell helped organise Lauder's festive lights switch-on..
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Harris Aitchison, Oscar Wilkinson and Rhuiri Little brave the rain for Lauder's Christmas lights switch-on.
Bob and Laura Anderson with children Sadie and Arran at Lauder's festive lights switch-on.
Craig Connell and son Angus and Fraser Middlemiss with son Toby at Lauder's festive lights switch-on.
Douglas and Christine Boynton with granddaughter Holly at Lauder's festive lights switch-on.
Lois Richie, Iona Richie, Lauren Batchelor, Anna Batchelor, Matthew Nesbit, Fraser Nesbit and Alexander Batchelor at Lauder's Christmas lights switch-on.
Jame Loveday and Heidi Kunkel meet Santa at Lauder's festive lights switch-on.
Piper Gabriel Potts pictured with Santa at Lauder's 2019 Christmas lights switch-on.
Crowds defy heavy rain for Lauder's festive lights switch-on.