It’s that time of the year. The heavy afternoon rain put a damper on yesterday’s turn out for the traditional Old Harbour Christmas Tree Lighting but it certainly didn’t break the spirit of those who came out to witness the occasion on a cool Thursday night.Steve Graham, newly elected councillor for Old Harbour Central, was present to conduct the decades-old ceremonial lighting in the town square. Graham, who is a member of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), promised to make next year’s event bigger and better given the short preparation time following the November 25 Local Government Elections. Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies take place across the island in all major and some minor towns, officially signalling the start of the festive season. Citizens were urged to continue partnering with the police in fighting crime – a call reiterated by Sgt. Princess Bayliss-Ranger, head of community, safety and security for the Old Harbour Police Division. Bayliss-Ranger, who delivered the main address, also urged the gathering to, as best as possible, conduct financial transactions via electronic means to mitigate the likelihood of theft or robbery. See images below courtesy of Peter Simmonds of Mystic5 Multimedia Services.