Christmas lights switch on in Downham Market

Downham Market Christmas Lights and Santa Run ANL-140112-091548009
Downham Market Christmas Lights and Santa Run ANL-140112-091548009
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Downham will be sparkling with festive fun over the weekend when the town’s lights are switched on.

Members of the Downham’s Chamber of Trade and the town council are working together to put on a treat for youngsters and their families.

Once again, the town clock will be the centre piece for the new Christmas lights display with eight large strings of LED lights stretching out, following an investment by the chamber of trade last year.

A Santa Fun Run, music and crafts are some of the attractions which will be held during the weekend.

John Doyle, a town councillor who is involved in the organisation, said: “It is going to be a nice start to the festive season and hopefully the weather will be kind.”

A craft fair in the Town Hall from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

The official Christmas lights switch event runs from 2pm in the town hall car park and square on Sunday.

The lights will be switched on by two children and a minion at 4.30pm.

A one-mile Santa Fun Run, sponsored by Morris Armatage will see competitors dashing around the town from 3pm.

Hilgay Silver Band along with choirs from Hilcrest Primary School and Nelson Academy will perform.

Maureen Hibling, of the Chamber of Trade, said: “It is always a big wonderful family affair.”

The group has spent £3,000 replacing the old Christmas light bulbs with LEDs.

But the chamber is now putting out an appeal for funds to continue their work.