Around 1,500 people took part in celebrations in Borehamwood to mark the first night of the Jewish festival of Chanukah.

Borehamwood Shopping Park was transformed into an arena of fun and community spirit with festivities including music, dancing, food, special performances, and the traditional lighting of the menorah, which was ten foot.

Organised by the Jewish Life Centre, Sunday's event followed a drive-in Chankuah celebration last year. But with coronavirus restrictions eased this year, people were also invited to walk in.

Borehamwood Times: Rabbi Chaim Hoch. Credit: Gary Perlmutter PhotographyRabbi Chaim Hoch. Credit: Gary Perlmutter Photography

Rabbi Chaim Hoch said: "Last year’s menorah lighting was incredible and we felt it was really important to do it again but the main change this year was instead of doing a drive-in we went for a drive-in and a walk in as well.

"We had Dancing Hassids and David Chernick DJing and a Holocaust survivor was invited to light the menorah."

Borehamwood Times: Credit: Gary Perlmutter PhotographyCredit: Gary Perlmutter Photography

Those who registered for the event were given boxes of goodies and while some stayed in their cars due to the cold weather, others ventured towards the stage and danced into the night.

Rabbi Hoch added: "It was a great way to bring the whole community together. This menorah lighting brings people together in such a positive and happy and vibrant way and it gave an incredible sense of pride.

"Our thanks to Borehamwood Shopping Park, Savills, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council and everyone else who allowed this special event and beautiful ceremony to take place."

Borehamwood Times: David Chernick, left, entertained crowds. Credit: Gary Perlmutter PhotographyDavid Chernick, left, entertained crowds. Credit: Gary Perlmutter Photography

The Jewish Life Centre has plans to repeat the event next year.