The official switching-on of the Christmas lights in Roscommon town was a great success on Sunday, despite fears earlier in the day that particularly bad weather might affect proceedings. The formalities were superbly performed by that most special of men, Santa Claus, who arrived in style in a spectacular sleigh which was provided thanks to the generosity of local businessman Mr. Dermot Hughes. The two well-known men – Santa and Dermot – were accompanied on the route up Main Street members of St. Mary’s Convent National School band. Large crowds lined the streets in excited expectation while members of the hard-working Christmas Lights Committee oversaw proceedings, acting as stewards and later ensuring that all children present got to meet Santa. Santa was welcomed on stage at the Square by the Roscommon People’s Seamus Duke, who later led a countdown from 20 to 1 in the build-up to Santa formally switching on Roscommon’s Christmas lights. And what a sight greeted the hundreds present as the colourful, state-of-the-art lighting display lit up the town and the skies. Applause greeted the big moment and as children and parents formed a queue to meet Santa many compliments were passed to the members of the Christmas lights committee. The rain that had prevailed earlier in the day had happily taken a break and the large crowd present was a fitting ‘kick-off’ for the festive season in Roscommon town. Most important moment of all: a smiling Santa confirmed to all that he will be back on Christmas Eve – with some very special presents for boys and girls who are nice, not naughty!