Downham shows Christmas spirit

Downham Market Christmas Lights Switch On. Participants starting the Santa Run. ANL-151129-193900009
Downham Market Christmas Lights Switch On. Participants starting the Santa Run. ANL-151129-193900009
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There was lots of festive fun in Downham at the weekend at the town’s annual lights switch on.

Members of the Downham Chamber of Trade and town council joined forces to put on a treat for youngsters and their families as people packed the town’s streets and town square.

The Santa Fun Run and music and crafts were some of the attractions held during the weekend.

Councillor John Doyle said: “The whole weekend went very, very well. It was still well attended, despite the weather.

“People didn’t perhaps stay as long as they have in other years and turned up a little bit later but that was only because they didn’t want to get blown away.

“Saying that, the Town Hall car park was still full to bursting and there were many more people on the town square too.”

The two-day craft fair in the Town Hall proved popular, while there were plenty of participants in the one-mile Santa Fun Run, which was sponsored by Morris Armitage.

Hilgay Silver Band along with choirs from Hillcrest Primary School and Nelson Academy also performed in front of the large crowds.

The lights were finally switched on at 4.30pm with the help of Jack Dunvavin and Veritie Walton-Woods, as well as a Minnion.

Mr Doyle said: “The Minnion turned up to help switch on the lights and proved very popular with the children.

“All of the local charity stalls did well, as did the Santa Grotto. The fun run, which went off at 3pm, still had a substantial entry and was enjoyed by everyone.

“A couple of players from the Pantomime came round and mingled with the crowd’s, while Barclay’s Bank opened its doors for free drinks and mince pies.

“It was the ideal start to the festive season.”

The Downham Chamber of Trade has put out an appeal for funds to continue their excellent work.

This year, the group spent £3,000 replacing the old Christmas light bulbs with LEDs.