AT LEAST 1,000 people gathered on the Cayley Promenade. Rhos-on-Sea for the 21st Tree of Lights switch on ceremony.

Rhos-on-Sea Rotary Club had again joined forces with the North Wales Pioneer to bring light to the Cayley Promenade for Christmas. weather conditions last Sunday.

The lights were switched on by the Mayor of Colwyn, Cllr Neil Bastow, on Sunday November 21, and the ceremony was followed by the crowd singing carols supported by the Beulah Brass band and Cor Meibion Colwyn.

Every year since 1999, the tree has been decorated with lights provided by the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea.

A sum of £1,454 was collected during the ceremony, and since its inception the Tree of Lights has raised more than £263,000 for St David’s Hospice.

Rhos-on-Sea Rotary Club President James Briggs said: “The number of people present is testimony to the popularity of this event which starts Christmas each year.

“It is a special event in the Hospice and Rotary calendar.

“We have all lost someone close and are pleased to give the opportunity for people to commemorate and remember them and at the same time support such a wonderful good local cause.”

The lights will continue throughout December and donations can be made using the coupon on this page or St David’s Hospice website.