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North Walsham’s town’s centre shines as hundreds turn out for Christmas lights switch on

PUBLISHED: 09:34 26 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 26 November 2017

George the Pup and Jenna Inglis from Victory Swim and Fitness Centre were among visitors to  the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on festival. Picture: Stuart Anderson

George the Pup and Jenna Inglis from Victory Swim and Fitness Centre were among visitors to the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on festival. Picture: Stuart Anderson

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There was a portly man in a big, red suit, carousels and caramelised nuts, children singing carols underneath the Clock Tower and warm drinks cupped in hands against the winter chill.

Musicians entertained at the Clock Tower during the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on festival. Picture: Stuart AndersonMusicians entertained at the Clock Tower during the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on festival. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Hundreds of visitors were drawn to the annual lights switch-on event in North Walsham’s town centre on Saturday, November 25.

Blur drummer and Knapton resident Dave Rowntree did the honours by switching on the lights and judging a Christmas window competition.

David Spencer from Walsham Community Events said a dedicated team of about a dozen volunteers had spent the past seven Sundays putting up the lights around the town centre.

Mr Spencer said the switch-on was always a highlight of the year that showed North Walsham at its best.

Sarah Burton, left, with Craig, Tracey, Lily-Rose, six and Lola, two, at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart AndersonSarah Burton, left, with Craig, Tracey, Lily-Rose, six and Lola, two, at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart Anderson

He said: “It gets the town out on a festive day, and everyone’s enjoying themselves. It’s a great community event.”

Sarah Wells with George, four, William, six, and Ellen, 13, at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart AndersonSarah Wells with George, four, William, six, and Ellen, 13, at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Sarah Long with children Grace, 10, and George, one, at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart AndersonSarah Long with children Grace, 10, and George, one, at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Children singing underneath the Clock Tower at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart AndersonChildren singing underneath the Clock Tower at the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart Anderson

People enjoying the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart AndersonPeople enjoying the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart Anderson

From left, Tyler Schamp, David Spencer from Walsham Community Events, Julie Smith, Rosie Harvey and Freddie the Frog from Dereham's Arnie's Attic Fancy Dress enjoying the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart AndersonFrom left, Tyler Schamp, David Spencer from Walsham Community Events, Julie Smith, Rosie Harvey and Freddie the Frog from Dereham's Arnie's Attic Fancy Dress enjoying the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Stuart Anderson

George the Pup and Jenna Inglis from Victory Swim and Fitness Centre were among visitors to  the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on festival. Picture: Stuart AndersonGeorge the Pup and Jenna Inglis from Victory Swim and Fitness Centre were among visitors to the North Walsham Christmas lights switch-on festival. Picture: Stuart Anderson


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