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Prime Minister Theresa May and Maidenhead competition winners switch on Downing Street Christmas lights

Lights on the Christmas tree outside the most famous front door in Britain were switched on by three Maidenhead schoolchildren last night.

Sophie Brazil and Jade Winsor, both 11, and Isabelle Milnes, five, helped Prime Minister Theresa May flick the switch for the decorations outside 10 Downing Street, London.

The girls were the winners of the Maidenhead and Twyford MP's annual Christmas card competition, which she has run with the Advertiser for more than 10 years.

Before she launched the countdown for the switch-on, the PM told the crowd: "It's lovely to see so many children here," before asking: "Are you all looking forward to Christmas?".

After they switched on the lights, the children and Mrs May joined in with a rendition of O Little Town of Bethlehem, which was performed by a children's choir.

Earlier the winners and their families met with the PM at a reception held inside No 10, where they were also given copies of their winning cards.

See next week's Advertiser for a full report including an interview with Mrs May.

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