Swaffham gets festive at Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Father Chirstmas, with from LtoR, Briony Rissmann, Reggie Wing  (2), Bobby Rissman (10), Millie Wing (8) ANL-151123-081627009
Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Father Chirstmas, with from LtoR, Briony Rissmann, Reggie Wing (2), Bobby Rissman (10), Millie Wing (8) ANL-151123-081627009
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The Christmas spirit reached Swaffham at the weekend as big crowds poured into the Market Place for the town’s lights switch-on event.

Mayor Anne Thorp pushed the button to unveil the town’s festive display on Sunday at the end of a packed afternoon of seasonal activities.

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Swaffham Mayor Anne Thorp switches the lights on in the town, also in picture is Town Crier Nigel Wilkin and others involved in the event. ANL-151123-081337009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Swaffham Mayor Anne Thorp switches the lights on in the town, also in picture is Town Crier Nigel Wilkin and others involved in the event. ANL-151123-081337009

And hundreds flocked to the square for the big moment, determined not to let the rain dampen their spirits.

Town clerk Richard Bishop said: “Considering the weather, we can be very pleased with it.”

During the day, shoppers were able to pick up some presents at a host of stalls in the Market Place, which were offering gifts, jewellery, clothes, toys, books and decorative items.

Many nearby shops also opened for the day, although a funfair set up as part of the celebrations was hampered by the weather.

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'The Nicholas Hamond Academy Choir students and others choirs leading the singing ANL-151123-081542009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'The Nicholas Hamond Academy Choir students and others choirs leading the singing ANL-151123-081542009

Entertainment was provided by the Nicholas Hamond Academy choir and dancers from the Sacred Heart School, while the Fakenham Town Band provided music.

And no lights switch-on would be complete without a visit from Father Christmas, who met youngsters after taking up residence in his grotto at the Assembly Rooms.

Mr Bishop estimated that more children had visited Santa this year than in previous years.

A meeting about the event will take place at the town hall on Wednesday, December 10, from 2pm, when officials hope to set a date for the 2016 switch-on.

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham, crowds gather on the market place ANL-151123-081252009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham, crowds gather on the market place ANL-151123-081252009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Members of The Fakenham Town Band entertaining during the afternoon ANL-151123-082003009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Members of The Fakenham Town Band entertaining during the afternoon ANL-151123-082003009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Hot Mince Pies and Mulled Wine being served up by staff from the George Hotel, LtoR, Trish Goldie and Carol Hawkins ANL-151123-081857009

Christmas Lights Switch on at Swaffham'Hot Mince Pies and Mulled Wine being served up by staff from the George Hotel, LtoR, Trish Goldie and Carol Hawkins ANL-151123-081857009

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