FAMILIES will gather in a town centre next week to remember lost friends and give hospice funds a boost.
Loughton Town Council is working in partnership with St Clare Hospice to back its Light up a Life campaign.
The annual ceremony will take place at Kings Green on Saturday December 1 and residents are invited to meet at Loughton Methodist Church, in the High Road, at 4.30pm.
A torchlit procession will leave at 4.45pm, making its way to the war memorial, where a short tree-lighting ceremony will take place.
Town clerk Enid Walsh said: "There will be an opportunity to sing some favourite carols and, following the short service, hot drinks and mince pies will be served back at the methodist church."
More information on how to dedicate a light can be found at www.stclarehospice.org.uk/light-up-a-life.html or by calling 01279 773750, but it is not necessary to sponsor a light to join the ceremony.