Thousands of people turned out to a popular late night shopping event in Marlow this month, which celebrated its silver anniversary.

Father Christmas, Peppa Pig, Darth Vadar and a storm trooper entertained crowds at the Marlow Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s annual evening on December 7, which celebrated 25 years this year.

A carol service opened the evening at 6pm, with musicians from Great Marlow School and choirs from local primary schools, followed by a procession of animals and nativity scene players.

Around 50 stalls lined the High Street on both sides.

Organiser Jo Braybrook said the event went “really well”, adding that the various characters “went down well” with adults and children alike.

She said: “The atmosphere was lovely. The whole thing seemed to go really well.

“We had lots of different types of stalls this year. Children were queuing up to see Santa in his grotto. Everyone really enjoyed it.

“It is a big event in Marlow’s calendar and we hope it brings people into the town and it brings them back [following the event].”

Crowds were also treated to the Salvation Army Band, which played traditional Christmas songs on the evening, and a number of shops were open late for people to do their Christmas shopping.