King's Lynn soon to be lit up like Christmas
The Christmas lights switch-on takes place in Lynn this Sunday, November 21.
Daisy Mason, aged 10, from East Winch will be pushing the button to switch the lights on when the town gets dark.
The festive fun starts in the Tuesday Market Place at 2pm, with school carol singing and family games on stage.
Boogie Monsters, the UK’s multi-award-winning pop and rock band for kids and families, return to the stage following a successful performance in the summer.
A Christmas lantern parade starting at Stories of Lynn in the Saturday Market Place will end in the Tuesday Market Place.
Lantern making sessions are free inside Stories of Lynn between 10.30am and 2.30pm but must be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 01553 774297.
Anyone who wants to participate in the parade needs to be outside King's Lynn Town Hall by 3.25pm.
Three-piece band Bear Club also return to perform some great party songs, with a few Christmas hits thrown in.
At 5pm, the mayor, Harry Humphrey and leader of the borough, Stuart Dark, will be joined on stage by Daisy.
Daisy, a pupil at Gaywood Primary School, was born 12 weeks early and diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy at nine months.
She completed the 1.2-mile Mini GEAR just three months after major surgery, has previously climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales and taken part in a triathlon.
Stuart Dark said: "I helped start the delayed King’s Lynn GEAR event in August and whilst I was really pleased to see everyone meeting up, running together and having fun after so many months, I was deeply moved to see Daisy set off and return across the finishing line winning her personal race.
"I knew then that she would be the perfect person to switch on our King’s Lynn Christmas lights this year, as a fantastic example of the spirit and resilience our great West Norfolk young people have shown throughout the pandemic.
"I hope those attending get behind her and give her a huge, much-deserved cheer."
Daisy’s mum, Lucy Mason, said: "We’re delighted that the leader of the borough council has invited us to be part of this magical event when the countdown to Christmas begins in town.
"Daisy is following in the footsteps of her grandmother who turned on King’s Lynn Christmas lights in 1972 as Miss Chamber of Trade."
Mr Humphrey said: “I would like the mayoral car to pick Daisy and her family up from home and bring them to the Town Hall to meet the Leader and I before we all head over to the Tuesday Market Place.
"This afternoon of free family entertainment should get everyone in the Christmas spirit, and highlight what our town has to offer."
The Christmas lights switch-on event is part of a range of events and activities, which have been held since July, to encourage people back in to King’s Lynn town centre and made possible by the Welcome Back funding given to the borough council by the Government and the European Regional Development Fund.