Last ever Christmas switch-on at Byron Road

  • WATCH: The Byron Road Christmas lights switch-on

Yesterday evening saw the last ever switch-on event of the Christmas lights at Byron Road.

The road in New Milton, which is famed for having an impressive array of Christmas decorations, will no longer have an opening event.

More than one thousand people came to the event Credit: ITV Meridian

Father-and-son team, Ged Hollyoake and Jason Dean have been running the event for 15 years.

Jason said that "rising costs" was the reason the pair had decided to no longer continue with the switch-on, but that they were "going out with a bang".

More than one thousand people came to the event last night.

  • WATCH: Organisers, Ged Hollyoake and Jason Dean

The switch-on was filled with live music, mince pies and a visit from three celebrities.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, Former football manager Harry Redknapp and ITV Meridian's very own Fred Dinenage, entertained the crowds and switched on the display.

Fred Dinenage, Jimmy Tarbuck and Jason Dean opened the event Credit: ITV Meridian

The switch-on is a free event and members of the public are encouraged to make donations.

Over the past 15 years, the event has raised over £80,000 for charity.

This year, the Bournemouth Charity Jigsaw Appeal, The National Children's Foundation and Linwood School will benefit from the money.

  • WATCH: Jimmy Tarbuck

  • WATCH: Harry Redknapp