IN PICTURES: Crowds welcome Santa to Derry

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Thousands turned out in Derry last night to welcome Santa to town.

With the help of his good lady wife, Mrs Claus, Santa switched on the city’s lights.

Santa gets a well deserved kiss from Mrs Claus after he switched on the Christmas Lights in Derry last night. PIcture Marton McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 21.11.12

Santa gets a well deserved kiss from Mrs Claus after he switched on the Christmas Lights in Derry last night. PIcture Marton McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 21.11.12

Mayor Kevin Campbell said: “The Big Switch On is a fantastic event.

“It’s a great opportunity for families to come into the city centre, meet Santa and soak up the great festive atmosphere and have some fun. It is also a chance for us to promote the city as a good place to come and do some Christmas shopping and take part in our festive events.

“Let’s hope this Christmas period is a good time for local retailers and businesses and that we create a real buzz in the city as we prepare for the start of 2013 and the huge opportunities that exist with City of Culture.”

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