ONE of Winchester's newest traditions was launched with a dazzling display.

The opening ceremony for Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and Ice Rink saw hundreds of people gather in Cathedral Close.

There are scores of German-style chalets selling festive gifts and the ice rink will be in operation until the New Year.

Before the display from professional ice skaters the families, children and young adults from Naomi House & Jacksplace were the first on the ice.

Winchester Cathedral has donated the exclusive session to the hospices for five years.

Huw Bromage, play team leader at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said: “‘The families are always so excited to go ice skating in Winchester together, as it is sometimes the one and only time they can. We are dedicated to making sure Christmas is incredible for our families going through tougher times, so this experience definitely puts a smile on their faces and leaves them with lasting memories – some families have even made it their annual Christmas tradition! Thank you to the Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink for inviting us down again this year – everyone had an amazing time and we were so honoured to be amongst the first on the ice.”