The Vintage Fayre has had another successful year in Maldon.

Hundreds of revellers young and old gathered in the high street to take part in the fourth annual Christmas lights switch-on.

However, Despite the weather and traffic cause by a road closure, residents enjoyed the night.

One resident said: “This is one of the best since it restarted. It needs to be a full weekend as there is getting too much to see and do in three hours.”

Another resident said: “I very much enjoyed a wander up the high street.

"There was a good selection of stalls and it seemed busier this year than the last couple.

“Well done those who have given time and effort to organise it.”

A resident said that, despite the rain, the kids and adults they were with loved the whole thing.

Stores were enjoying the night too, selling cakes, gifts and with staff wearing their best Christmas jumpers.

There was also live entertainment from the Dark Horse morris dancers in festive colours.

The theme of the night was Fifties rock’n’roll and visitors certainly got into the spirit.

Musicians rocked the house as couples joined in and danced the night away.

A town council spokesman said: “The event was well attended, despite the weather.

“The crowds enjoyed the music of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, performances by Julie Jive, the Big Sing, Just Us and the Lee Live Trio Band.

"Members of Theatretrain performed excerpts from Grease and Songs from the Juke Box in the High Street.

“Children visited Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland and petted his reindeer.

“Members of the Maldon Drama Group mingled with the crowds as the yellowcoats from Hi-de-Hi! and organised egg and spoon races.

“There was a wide variety of craft stalls to enjoy, as well as artisan drink and food to sample.

“The mayor awarded prizes to Bright’s Path for the best dressed large business display, with the Kings Head as runners-up, and to Talking Flowers for the best dressed small business display, with Two Become One as runners-up.”