Christmas comes early…

Christmas comes early in Surrey and doubtless everywhere else. So far I’ve photographed three Christmas events on the south-west fringes of London (and am wondering whether I can fit another in this evening.)

They switched the Christmas lights on in New Malden on 23 Nov, and it was Winter Wonderland in Wimbledon last Thursday. Friday night it was pouring with rain, but the Hampton Hill Christmas Parade went ahead as usual – if rather wetter.

I don’t much like working in the dark or in the rain, and struggling with an umbrella and a recalcitrant camera and flash made me wish I’d stayed in the pub. But all the performers in the parade were out there, mostly getting soaked, so I felt I ought to stick at it too.

Here’s one that I rather liked, and may get on my Christmas card.

Peter Marshall

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