Father Christmas is still on course to switch-on Southwold’s Christmas lights tonight.

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Organisers confirmed today that the event will go ahead as planned despite the tidal surge last night.

Southwold mayor Simon Tobin said: “The lights are going ahead. There is no doubt about that.

“High Street and Market Place are fine and not affected by the flood water.

“We were concerned that Southwold would get cut off last night because the water was lapping at Mights Bridge but the tides are not so high tonight and the area where the lights are switched on is the centre of town and it is all good there.”

There will be stalls and entertainment in the town centre, with the St Felix School choirs performing at 6pm outside the United Reformed Church and the Henstead School choir also singing at 6pm outside the Adnams Cellar and Kitchen store in Victoria Street.

Father Christmas will then turn on the Christmas lights outside the town hall at 7pm.

Reydon’s switch-on event will be taking place at Reydon Corner tomorrow from 6pm, with carols, a visit by Father Christmas and the blessing of the crib.

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