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.
1. Lauder Christmas lights switch on 2019
From left, Holly Fortune, Kathleen Anderson, Emily Potts, Mirren Cleghorn and Emily Fortune watching Lauder's Christmas lights being switched on.
2. Lauder Christmas lights switch on 2019
From left, Abby Anderson, Charlotte Aitchison, Kirsty Page, Janet Thomas, Lizzie Emmerson and Nina Kunkell helped organise Lauder's festive lights switch-on..
3. Lauder Christmas lights switch on 2019
Harris Aitchison, Oscar Wilkinson and Rhuiri Little brave the rain for Lauder's Christmas lights switch-on.
4. Lauder Christmas lights switch on 2019
Bob and Laura Anderson with children Sadie and Arran at Lauder's festive lights switch-on.