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Market town 'buzzing' for Swaffham Christmas lights event

Organisers described the centre of Swaffham as 'buzzing' as the annual Christmas lights event took place in the town on Sunday.

Swaffham mayor Jill Skinner was on hand to turn on the lights from the Buttercross in the Market Place and hailed the organisation of the event as a "team effort".

Speaking on behalf of the town council, Mrs Skinner thanked volunteers, local businesses and community groups for working hard to make the event possible.

Colin Rigby and Swaffham mayor Jill Skinner turn on the lights
Colin Rigby and Swaffham mayor Jill Skinner turn on the lights

"It's always fantastic to see the community come together to celebrate Christmas," she added.

Among the activities taking place during the day were a live nativity scene in Plowright Place, a fun fair, the chance to meet Santa in the Assembly Rooms and a selection of stalls selling handmade crafts, stocking fillers, food and drink.

The King's Morris dancers were also in attendance with the public being invited to have a go.

Happy faces in the crowd
Happy faces in the crowd

Visitors were also able to enjoy a Christmas Tree Festival at the St Peter and St Paul Church in the town, which stayed open after an Advent service for those in the town.

Adam Newstead of KLFM hosted the event, while music was provided by singing duo Timescape, choir RockavoX, the Fakenham Town Band and Senor Momento.

Swaffham deputy mayor Keith Sandle and town councillor Les Scott had previously won money to go towards the lights after a team finished in the top ten of a national film-making competition.

Five-year-old Amelie King
Five-year-old Amelie King

The team were awarded £1,000 to go towards the lights after submitting a film on the various historical landmarks in the town.

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