Beckenham got into the festive spirit last weekend (2 December) with the annual Christmas Market on the Green, followed by the Candlelit Parade and lights switch on - and a visit from Santa!

The market, organised by Copers Cope Residents' Association, included stalls from local produce and craft traders, as well as entertainment on the stage and a primary school choir competition.

Hundreds of people took part in the candlelit parade, which was organised by Beckenham Business Association. Leaving from Croydon Road Recreation Ground, the parade up the High Street culminated on Beckenham Green for the lights switch on by special guest Anna Kennedy OBE, owner of Baston House Manor School and champion of those affected by autism and Asperger's - and Santa.

The parade was led by an FM Conway truck,  AAA Minicab inNews Shopper: which rode Anna Kennedy OBE, stretch limo courtesy of new local restaurant Burger & Bubbles, in which were some of the children from Baston House School.  Santa brought up the rear in Burger & Bubbles’ truck and then spent time meeting delighted children on the Green afterwards. 

Fairy lights were handed out to people taking part and along the route, with donations being made to Beckenham MindCare Dementia Beckenham - for which £154.57 was raised. A rolling road block, courtesy of the local police, and marshals from Beckenham Rotary, Beckenham MindCare, Beckenham Business Association and other volunteers ensured the parade went smoothly.

This year, as well as lights along the High Street, News Shopper: Beckenham has a beautiful Christmas Tree of Light, sponsored by Burger & Bubbles, Beckenham Business Association, AAA Minicabs, MHE Residential and Ronin Marketing.

Beckenham Business Association Chair Jackie Groundsell said, "We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community – both business and residential – in giving their time, vehicles, providing free food and drink along the parade route and generally making it the success it was. Their support has enabled BBA to carry on this magical tradition, originated by the Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association. A big thank you to everyone who got involved and took part on the day."

Beckenham Business Association