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65ft tree with 50,000 lights prepared for switch on

Christmas comes to Covent Garden tonight with the switch on of the Christmas lights. The famous piazza will light up from 6pm with a performance by The London Community Gospel Choir. Covent Garden's 65ft Christmas tree was craned into position and decorated with over 50,000 lights.

Workers put the finishing touches on the Covent Garden Christmas decorations Credit: edelman
The 65ft Christmas tree is London’s largest Credit: edelman
The London Community Gospel Choir will perform at the switch on Credit: edelman

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Paul McCartney stages surprise gig in Covent Garden

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Sir Paul at the surprise gig Credit: Reuters

The star replaced the jugglers and living statues who often gather around St Paul's Church in Covent Garden to perform a selection of tracks from the back of a truck. He played songs from his new album in the 20 minute set including his current single New and tracks Queenie Eyes and Save Us.

Workmen at the Piazza dance on some scaffolding as they are treated to the surpise concert

Thousands of people gathered in the piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.

Firefighters saw up a limo

A team of firefighters sawed their way into a limousine in Covent Garden this lunchtime as part of a demonstration. It was part of a Transport for London campaign to highlight the dangers of illegal limousines in London.

The firefighters begin cutting. Credit: ITN
The door is levered free. Credit: ITN
An actor pretending to be a casualty is given treatment. Credit: ITN
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