The Lighting of the Tree ceremony also featured some festive songs. *Photo by James Burton
The Lighting of the Tree ceremony also featured some festive songs. *Photo by James Burton
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24: Hamilton’s Christmas lights were officially switched on last night as deputy mayor Donal Smith urged people to help their fellow citizens hit by economic struggles over the festive period.

The ceremony marked the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of City Hall and the official start of Friday late-night shopping in Hamilton.

The crowd also saw performances by the Menuhin Foundation, Shacobi Basden and The Bermuda High School for Girls Choir.

Mr Smith called on the people of Hamilton to celebrate Christmas but also to reflect and assist those who have fallen on hard times during the recession.

Addressing the crowd at City Hall, he said: “The turning on of the lights signifies the official start of late-night shopping. For many it is also a poignant time when we remember those loved ones who will forever be in our hearts and minds.

“Christmas is also a time of celebration, of giving and forgiving. This year, especially, we’ll ask a little more of you to help the many Bermudians who face economic difficulties. We must help those in need during the Christmas period.

“Every Friday throughout the Christmas period I urge you to participate in the activities that will happen throughout Hamilton.” He added: “I wish you all a happy and a merry, merry Christmas.”