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Friday, December 6, 2013
Seasonal sparkle and a feeling of goodwill arrived in Harleston this evening (Friday) as this year’s Christmas lights were switched on.
The festivities were kicked-off by Helen McDermott, who pressed the all important button, and numerous activities kept the crowds entertained.
Park Radio hosts Chris Moyse and David Hoffman welcomed people to the town, and for those with some extra time to spare late night shopping was available at the Corn Exchange Cornucopia.
Carols were sung by Harleston Primary School, a solo and duet act was put together by Archbishop Sancroft High School, a charity auction was held and Norwich Star Wars Club took to the stage. Father Christmas was also on hand to entertain youngsters.
Mark Betts, chairman of the lights and events committees which organise the switch-on each year, estimated that between 400 and 500 people had turned out for the event.
“The town was packed so it was quite a good night and I think the fact it wasn’t raining helped considerably,” he said. “Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves.
“I’ve been in Harleston for about 20 years and we’ve had lights every year and I’m quite into Christmas as well so I love this time of year.
“I think this helps promote the town and the businesses and without it, it would be a sadder place.
“It helps bring families together as well and it’s just good fun.”
Mr Betts thanked everybody who had helped with this year’s event.
See Thursday’s Harleston Mercury for more pictures from the town’s lights switch-on.