Christmas sparkle came to North Creake’s village green on Friday – and the honour was given to competition winner Poppy Mae Hucker
She pushed a switch on the green and a Christmas tree and surrounding green trees twinkled into colourful festive lights.
Poppy Mae was chosen to perform the ceremony as the winner of a colouring competition which drew entries from youngsters throughout the village.
She won herself £20 with second place going to Aurelia Scott (£10) and third to Dylan Whitney (£5).
The evening started with a blessing by village rector, Fr. Clive Wylie, followed by carols led by a choir from Fakenham College.
Throughout the evening refreshments were provided by the Jolly Farmers public house which bordered the green.
The idea for the lights was suggested three years ago by parish council chairman, Adam Bunkle, and parish councillor, Matthew Sands. Parish councillors took it up enthusiastically and decided that what the big towns surrounding North Creake could do their small village could do just as well.
Donations flowed in to fund the first switch-on with local farmer, David Lyles, supporting the event with a yearly donated tree.
The Christmas lights have proved so successful because a committee formed to organise the event, under the watchful eye of the parish council, was immediately overwhelmed by the donations of enthusiastic residents to fund the first year. Since then the event has gone from strength to strength.
This year money raised in the first two years has enabled the number of original lights to be more than doubled.
“It’s really brightened up the village and residents have been very generous and continue to be,” said Mr Bunkle, after Father Christmas had handed out early Christmas presents to all the youngsters who had come to enjoy the switch-on.