Diss Christmas lights switch-on back on the cards

A Christmas lights switch-on event could be resurrected in Diss after four community groups and local businesses came forward to organise it.

Diss Town Council announced last month that there would be no festive event in the town centre this year because no one was willing to coordinate it.

But a switch-on event was back on the cards this week after Diss Rugby Club, the Diss URC, the Waterfront pub and Poz Magic registered an interest in organising the festivities.

Deborah Sarson, town clerk, said the town council will be looking to stage a meeting between all four parties to come up with a plan for a lights event. Mere Street and the Market Place will still be lit up this Christmas period, regardless of whether a switch-on is organised, she added.

Councillors had also blamed a reduction in funding for the decision to not have an illuminations event this year.

Sarah Carpenter, landlady of the Waterfront in Mere Street, said she was keen to get involved, even if it was a smaller scale switch-on.

'We made a lot of effort last year and it brings people into the town and we were packed on the night. We do not need a big celebrity, but it would be good to have the rides and a Christmas market. It would be a shame for the town to not have anything,' she said.

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Children' entertainer Poz added that he was happy to work with other groups and it would not be a problem organising an event at short notice, which had been pencilled in for the first Thursday of December.

'I have been involved for the last three years and we have built it up nicely and it would be a shame if it was going to disappear,' he said.

Norwich City goalkeeper Declan Rudd performed the switch-on duties last year.

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