Traders and residents did their bit to keep Downham’s Christmas lights shining this year as they danced the night away for the cause.
Around 80 people attended the Light Up Downham event held at the town hall last Saturday night, which raised around £850 for the seasonal displays fund.
And the fundraising effort was joined by both the West Norfolk mayor, Elizabeth Watson, and the town’s deputy mayor, John Doyle.
Maureen Hibling, chairman of the lights committee, said: “It was very good. We were well supported by the traders in the town.”
She particularly thanked town businesses for their donations of raffle prizes, some of which were not given away on the night as so many had been offered.
The remaining prizes will now be used in the group’s next fundraising effort at the annual bonfire in Denver on November 3.
And Mrs Hibling also thanked Tesco for providing food for the buffet.
The dance, which included music by the band AdLib, was the first major event held to support the Christmas lights since officials revealed earlier in the year that fundraising initiatives would be needed to finance the displays in future.
The lights committee started work on repairing damaged parts of the display this week and plans to start putting the lights up around the town from late October.
The operation to put the lights up will then continue over the following four weekends ahead of the switch-on on Sunday, November 24.