This weekend I attended the Harlesden Christmas Lights switch on Event and what a sight it was.
Hosted by Brent Councillors Dawn Butler and Muhammed Butt, Harlesden High Street was transformed into a winter wonderland celebrating the switching on of the Christmas tree and Christmas lights.
Filled with music, dancing, food and socialising the event was something that I believe should be of regular occurrence within a small community.
Incorporating #SmallBizSatUK, local vendors and business owners set up stalls to promote their goods and celebrate the achievements made by small business owners.
The dancers from the local carnival shop Mahogany Carnival Masqueraders particularly caught my eye with their bright costumes and brilliantly executed dance moves.
A large part of the high road was pedestrianised for this event, something I thought would anger local motorist. However, after speaking to local truck driver Peter Blackburn it seems as though everyone the community is more than happy to take a diversion because of the event. “We have Christmas lights every year, but last year they didn’t put them up for some reason so it’s great to have such trouble made for this year. I don’t think anyone local will complain about to road being closed because they are all quite happy to see the event take place.”
For such a small community to have such a large turnout, it just goes to show how much more councils need to invest in them.
I hope to see more events like this in the future.