Porthleven was abuzz on Friday night when the port switched on its Christmas lights.

All the local businesses stayed open, Porthleven Gig Club ran the barbecue and the town band played all the favourite carols.

The lights were switched on by Joan Ford, one of the original founder members of the lights committee when it was formed 30 years ago, although on a smaller scale.

Santa's treats for the children were, as always, provided by Paul and Sharon at the post office, with some sweets donated by Tesco. Once installed on the Harbour Head, he and his group of elves began to hand them out.

Judy Collins, lights treasurer, said: "A thank you to Nigel, Fi and the boys, and 'Scary Elf' Peter."

This year's "splendid" tree has been sponsord by Trevor Osborne. Judy thanked Phil and his team from Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company for putting it up.

She added: "Well done to Adi and Mini, and his helpers, for the excellent firework display, which everybody agrees was the best ever."

New displays this year include strip lights along the harbour rail, which change colour and light up the water, which were also provided by Mr Osborne. There is also a new display of lighting over by the Lime Kiln.

"A big thank you to everyone who has helped with the Christmas switch on.

"Porthleven lights are on all year round and as such need repair and maintenance. A special thank you to Gavin Lang for taking this on.

"The village looks great lit up - let's keep it that way," added Judy.