Former East Ender star Carol Harrison switched in the Christmas Lights at the Ambrose Allen centre in Tadley.
"Many of us remember her as Louise in East Enders; and we can see her acting again as she is the witch in the pantomime at the Anvil in Basingstoke (Oh no she isn't. Oh yes, she is...)"
After the lighst were switched on, Carol and Sir George were presented with broomsticks - locally made in Tadley and as suplied to the Harry Potter films.
Cllr David Leeks was Master of Ceremonies for the event, which was combined with a Christmas market selling goods for local charities.
"Christmas begins with the Tadley ceremony, and it was good to enjoy the first mince pie."
Tadley Brass Band played the music for the carols and, because of rain, the ceremony took place inside.
More about Carol Harrison
Carol Harrison made her acting debut in 1976, in the BBC police drama, Softly Softly, which was a spin-off from the hugely popular Z-Cars. In 1980 she made her film debut, securing a minor role in the 1980 adaptation of The Elephant Man. She went on to star in many successful television programmes including The Gentle Touch (1982); Q.E.D. (1982); The Cleopatras (1983); Minder (1984); Casualty (1987); Kavanagh QC (1995) and ITV's A Touch of Frost (1997).
One of her most notable and long running roles, was playing the part of Gloria in the popular BBC sitcom Brush Strokes (1986-1991); remaining in the role for five series. However, it is her role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1998-1999) that she is most remembered for. Harrison played Louise Raymond, the selfish mother of Tiffany (Martine McCutcheon) and Simon (Andrew Lynford). Harrison's character was involved in many explosive storylines, including an affair with her daughter's husband Grant (Ross Kemp). This role was not the first time Harrison had appeared in the soap. She had previously had a minor role in 1986, playing the mother of a young boy who was rescued from a speeding car by Andy O'Brien (Ross Davidson).
Harrison quit EastEnders in 1999 to do a masters degree in screenwriting. In 2006 she began teaching Script and Screen, a five-week course offered through the Adult and Community non-accredited provision, at Brighton and Hove College.