Christmas lights switch on in Downham Market

Downham Market Christmas Lights and Santa Run ANL-140112-091503009
Downham Market Christmas Lights and Santa Run ANL-140112-091503009
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Never mind Rudolph and Blitzen, Santas were seen dashing around Downham town centre without their reindeer as part of the Christmas lights switch on.

Downham is now in the festive spirit after thousands of people turned out on a cold Sunday to admire the beautiful new lights.

Town mayor John Doyle was over the moon with the day. He said: “We had a fantastic turn out and there were more people than last year. The Christmas lights are spectacular.”

Organisers had put together a packed day of entertainment for the town with one of the highlights being the Santa Run.

A total of 76 competitors completed a one mile lap around the town wearing Santa suits.

One competitor brought along their dog, while mum Lisa Atkins Levy jogged around the town with a baby in a pushchair, a toddler and a dog! The run, which was sponsored by Arbuckles and supported by Ryston Runners, raised £603 for the Dyspraxia Foundation.

Other attractions included a craft fair in the town hall along with stalls set up on the market square.

Entertainment included performances by choirs from Hillcrest School and Nelson Academy along with Hilgay Silver Band

The task of turning on the lights to Maddy and Hayden Kent, who had won a Tesco competition, with help from Mr Doyle and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen.