Christmas cracker at Hunstanton

Parade of cars through Hunstanton

Parade of cars through Hunstanton

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Seasonal magic came to Hunstanton when the crowds turned out for a Sunday of entertainment and fun at Hunstanton’s Christmas Cracker.

Local road closures allowed rides for the children to be positioned around the central area of the town during the day and stalls lined the High Street and Le Strange Terrace. The Town Hall hosted a craft fair and the Daleks were on display at the Golden Lion.

West Norfolk deputy mayor and mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning, with Hunstanton mayor, Carol Bower and Father Christmas switch on the lights

West Norfolk deputy mayor and mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning, with Hunstanton mayor, Carol Bower and Father Christmas switch on the lights

Father Christmas was in residence at the Princess Theatre throughout the day and such was the demand to see him that he returned to his grotto in the evening to make sure none of the children were disappointed!

Playing festive favourites the Hunstanton Concert Band performed on the Spinney, the King’s Morris danced and the Community Choir sang whilst at the other end of the High Street a stage with live music was operational all day.

Cast members of the community panto led by John Giller as Dame Kitty Litter were also out in full costume promoting their show at the Town Hall.

At 5pm Santa took to his sleigh for the procession through the town accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of West Norfolk Council Colin Manning, Hunstanton’s Mayor Carol Bower, and the Snow Queen Lucy Groves.

Hansel and Gretel, from the Princess Theatre's Christmas pantomime, added to the colour of the occasion

Hansel and Gretel, from the Princess Theatre's Christmas pantomime, added to the colour of the occasion

Following the sleigh decorated minis and Goldwings followed the route through the town while the cast of the Princess Theatre’s Rudolph’s Christmas Adventure mingled with the crowds much to the delight of the hundreds of children lining the route.

Chairman of organisers, the Hunstanton Chamber of Trade, William Searle said: “We are thrilled with the whole day; retailers, charity groups and volunteers have worked together to make sure everything went to plan.

“In all it was a very good day for the town and the best thing has been seeing the delight on children’s faces.”