SANTA’S rosy cheeks helped Houston glow at the weekend as villagers gathered for the annual Christmas lights switch on and fireworks display.

And the event’s guest of honour received a peck on the cheek for his trouble, as he helped keep around 2,500 revellers entertained for the Houston Community Council (HCC) organised event.

As well as the main event, there was a farmers market, carol singing and music to keep crowds happy.

Kara Lee Hunter, of Houston Primary, and Grace Lawson, of St Fillan’s Primary, switched the lights on after winning a competition to design a Christmas light.

Organisers were also selling glow sticks to help everyone join in the fun and show their support for all the HCC’s projects.

John McEvoy, HCC chairman said: “It was a spectacular event and very well attended - the lights look very festive. In particular the display outside the Fox and Hound and at the war memorial look fantastic.

“We managed to get nine new Christmas lights this year, two of which the local schoolchildren designed.

“The event was also great for local businesses as many spectators went along to the local pubs afterwards for a drink.

“Thank you to all who attended the lights switch on and made the evening such a success.”