The community braved the wind and rain on a match day to decorate the Christmas tree which this year has been located on the Ambassador House forecourt.

For hte last five years Thornton Heath Community Action Team has sourced a tall Christmas tree from a local nursery for the centre of Thornton Heath and this year was no different.

Adults and children alike gathered with cakes and mince  pies handing them out to passers by including football fans while great fun  was had decorating the tree  accompanied by festive carol singing.

Chair of THCAT Linda Watson, said: “We aim to help improve the look and feel of the area, adding some more Christmas sparkle to complement the existing lovely lights in the High Street, organised by local councillors. 

“I ‘d like to thank all THCAT members and passers-by who, despite the miserable wet weather, helped us to decorate the tree and the nearby railings (an enjoyable task, despite being quite fiddly and time-consuming) and for providing delicious mince pies, cakes and music to enhance the Christmas atmosphere. 

“Many people have said how much they enjoy the Christmas tree event and are looking forward to next year! Events like this show what a great community spirit we have here in Thornton Heath.”

Thornton Heath has been lit up with Christmas lights.

The lights have been paid for by Thornton Heath ward councillors Callton Young, Pat Clouder and Karen Jewitt using their Community Ward budgets.

Funding also came from the not-for-profit proceeds of the Thornton Heath Festival, including donations from High Street shops.