THOUSANDS of people braved the cold to watch Barnsley's Christmas lights being switched on.

The popular event - which started at 5pm outside the town hall - had musical entertainment from Dearne FM and local four-piece indie-rock boy band 404.

Noddy made his first appearance at 5.50pm to get everyone in the mood for the big switch-on, before he was joined by mayor Coun Tim Shepherd and compere Stephanie Hirst who illuminated the town centre at 6pm.

A fantastic firework finale then wowed the crowds from the town hall's roof.

A council spokesperson said: "Thanks to the thousands of people who came to the lights switch on tonight - you did us proud!

"It was great to see so many people and we've had some good feedback so far."

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