There was a buzz in the air in Broughton on Sunday and it wasn’t just the electricity whirring.

A community Christmas lights switch-on idea, suggested by Hannah Westley, was completely embraced by Great and Little Broughton residents, leading to more than 100 homes committing to festively decorating their homes in time for the big switch-on at 6pm.

Resident Adrian Davis-Johnston made a Google Map of the addresses that took part in the village lights switch-on which at last count was at 127 homes.

He led a Facebook switch-on ceremony at 6pm and people poured out to see the results.

Families, dog walkers and couples all maintained social distancing to walk around Great and Little Broughton, ticking off the properties taking part on their list.

A multitude of lights lit up the village, with plenty of garden and window displays featuring all things seasonal. There was even a scarecrow Santa and gonks.

Also popular this year were projections of images onto property walls such as snowflakes and Santas.

There was no judgin this year but if there was, a prize would have to go to Christine Pattinson, whose Kirklea property is festooned in festive decorations, including a Santa in the front seat of a car, snowmen, Santas, gonks and an archway of lovely lights.

Christine’s daughter, Liz Pattinson, said: “It was mam’s idea for all the lights and mine for the gonks. Rebecca Clark and I set it all up on Thursday afternoon.”

Liz and Kerry Henderson both said how lovely it had been to see all the village out and about again and how it had really got Christmas off to a good start.

Mr Davis-Johnston was delighted with the turnout. He said on Facebook: “From big displays, hilarious displays to just a few lights in the window – it was wonderful to see so many people taking part.”

Then he suggested the week after Cockermouth Lights next year for a repeat of the Light Up Broughton event.

Many residents have agreed to take part again.