King’s Lynn lights switch on features heroine Sasha, 5

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Fairytale creatures, panto stars and a real-life little heroine were on hand to for the big switch on of Lynn’s Christmas lights yesterday.

The countdown to the big switch on started at midday as people casually strolled around the Vancouver Quarter and up and down the High Street, they were met with stilt walkers, fairytale princesses, and street performers.

Amy Durno as Cinderella, Sophie Freeman as Sleeping Beauty, Olivia Cutforth as Snow White and Jericho Taylor as Belle. All from Darling Christmas Parties MLNF15EB11103 ANL-151123-103059001

Amy Durno as Cinderella, Sophie Freeman as Sleeping Beauty, Olivia Cutforth as Snow White and Jericho Taylor as Belle. All from Darling Christmas Parties MLNF15EB11103 ANL-151123-103059001

On the Tuesday Market Place there were children’s rides and sweet stalls, and of course the stage for the live music.

This started at 2pm and there were quite a few people on the square from the off. KL.FM presenters Christopher Dean, Simon Rowe and Posh Charles were on MC duties and introduced the acts on to the stage and kept the crowd going in between.

The rain came down at about 3pm but it failed to dampen the spirit of the crowd.

Umbrellas went up, people were dancing in the rain and even though it was cold and miserable, by the time the lights were switched on by the deputy mayor David Whitby, the square was packed out.

Denise & Kristian Wyatt with their children Jasmine & Taylor visiting Santa. MLNF15JS11104 ANL-151123-104900001

Denise & Kristian Wyatt with their children Jasmine & Taylor visiting Santa. MLNF15JS11104 ANL-151123-104900001

Helping him switch the lights on was five-year-old Sasha Nutley, from Marham, who earlier this year when her mother became seriously ill due to a heart condition, she called 999 and got an ambulance to her home.

The ambulance crew said that without her making the call, her mother would almost certainly have died.

They were joined on stage by a host of fairytale characters, Bumble the Bee, Santa Claus and members of the Christmas pantomime Robin Hood that is showing at the Corn Exchange next month.

Denise & Kristian Wyatt with their children Jasmine & Taylor visiting Santa MLNF15JS11105 ANL-151123-110254001

Denise & Kristian Wyatt with their children Jasmine & Taylor visiting Santa MLNF15JS11105 ANL-151123-110254001