Choral music and jazz in Dublin as the Lord Mayor turns on eight miles of Christmas lighting.

Crowds flocked to Dublin city centre for the ceremony to mark the switching on of the Christmas lights.

Saturday evening's shopping came to a standstill in Dublin's O'Connell Street for the big switch on.

The choir of the inner city's Loretto Commercial College heralded the arrival of the Lord Mayor Dan Browne to turn on the Christmas lighting.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the unveiling of a double-decker bus donated by Sterling Health. The bus is designed as a play centre for children born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Mayor Dan Browne is pictured meeting 8-year-old Nicola Regazzoli from Malahide, one of the many children who will benefit from the new play centre. 

Mayor Browne flicked the switch to illuminate eight miles of Christmas lighting throughout the city. 

Also performing at the ceremony were the City Gents Jazz Band. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 November 1982. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.