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Burnham Market Christmas lights switched on




The Market Place was crowded when Father Christmas switched on Burnham Market’s Christmas lights on Saturday.

Crowds jostled for space when the Christmas lights were switched onMLNF-18PB11106 (5485513)
Crowds jostled for space when the Christmas lights were switched onMLNF-18PB11106 (5485513)

This event, organised by the Burnham Market Traders Association, is becoming more and more popular.

The car park on the village’s large playing field was filled to capacity and it is estimated that 5,000 people watched the switch on.

Dylan and three-and-half week old Albie, together with mum, Sarah Butteriss, meet larger than lifePeppa Pig characters at the Burnham Market lights switch-on. MLNF-18PB11101 (5485497)
Dylan and three-and-half week old Albie, together with mum, Sarah Butteriss, meet larger than lifePeppa Pig characters at the Burnham Market lights switch-on. MLNF-18PB11101 (5485497)

The all-day entertainment provided something for everyone from a mini-fair for younger visitors to some 30 stalls decked out with Christmas lights and decorations selling all manner of festive goodies to their parents.

There was mulled wine to keep out the chill alongside and tasty morsels such as pizzas and crepes.

New this year was a fun bus/play bus, for three to nine-year-olds.

The entertainment included the Hunstanton Concert Band, the Ukulele Elves, Fakenham couple, Lee Ashby and Kris Merssenan, known as the Two-Bit Operators, and King’s Lynn acoustic band, My Cocoon, who played alternative and country music.

Larger than Life Peppa Pig characters roamed the Market Place alongside Disney characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Burnham Market Primary School invited youngsters to make their own sheep with paper, paints, glue and wool as well as bringing a pen full of friendly sheep from Snettisham Park Farm who enjoyed being stroked.

Freya Sainty concentrates on using paints and wool to make her own sheep MLNF-18PB11102 (5485499)
Freya Sainty concentrates on using paints and wool to make her own sheep MLNF-18PB11102 (5485499)

Living trees were festooned with thousands of small lights as was a large Christmas tree that burst into life at five o’clock when Father Christmas led a countdown before lighting up the Market Place.

Shops and businesses joined in by adding their own lights to the sparkling scene.

Richard Utting, the traders chairman, said: “All the lights and the entertainment is funded by the traders. We see it as a community event. It’s the perfect start to the Christmas season for all the family.”

Lee Ashby and Kris Merssenan entertain on the big stage MLNF-18PB11103 (5485502)
Lee Ashby and Kris Merssenan entertain on the big stage MLNF-18PB11103 (5485502)
All the fun of the fair at Burnham Market Christmas lights switch-on MLNF-18PB11104 (5485509)
All the fun of the fair at Burnham Market Christmas lights switch-on MLNF-18PB11104 (5485509)
Father Christmas switches on the lights at Burnham Market. MLNF-18PB11105 (5485511)
Father Christmas switches on the lights at Burnham Market. MLNF-18PB11105 (5485511)


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