Christmas underway across Norfolk as lights turned on

Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy at the Thetford Christmas Lights Switch On 2016, joined by his mayor's

Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy at the Thetford Christmas Lights Switch On 2016, joined by his mayor's cadets, left, Georgia Brinkley and William Rice. - Credit: Archant

Christmas lights sparkle across the county at switch on events

Bernie Bunn feeding the Reindeer before the Christmas lights were switched on in Swaffham. Picture:

Bernie Bunn feeding the Reindeer before the Christmas lights were switched on in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

In Thetford

Festive revellers filled King Street Square tonight to see the switch on, with the countdown and button press carried out by Franko Fraize, Lindsey Dixon, Andrew Fitchett, Kimberley Fox and Ryan Windsor.

The ambassadors are representing the mayor at schools and functions throughout the year as part of a scheme to inspire young people.

Franko Fraize, a musician, told the crowd: 'I'm so proud to be from this town and it's great to see you all out here.

Beccles 2016 Christmas light switch on event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Beccles 2016 Christmas light switch on event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'All the ambassadors here have done something special and it just shows that you can do anything you want if you believe in yourself, it doesn't matter where you're from.'

The group was also joined on stage by mayoral cadets, Georgia Brinkley and William Rice.

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In Swaffham

Swaffham's Christmas lights event saw its biggest turnout in years.

Hundreds packed into the town centre for the festive celebration last night.

The event was organised by Swaffham Town Council together with Swaffham Trade Association – a new organisation established this year.

The lights were switched on by Sister Francis, from Sacred Heart School, and Swaffham town crier Nigel Wilkin.

Town councillor Jan Buckley-Stevens said: 'Swaffham hasn't turned out like this in years. It's been fantastic.'

Deputy town clerk Claire Smith said: 'A lot of volunteers have worked hard to bring this together and we want to thank everyone who has helped make this event such a success.'

In Beccles

In Beccles, hundreds gathered in the town centre to watch Heart Radio Breakfast presenter Dave Taylor, Beccles mayor Graham Catchpole and the cast of the town's pantomime Aladdin switch on the Christmas lights.

Crowds enjoyed a variety of stalls, entertainment, street food, live reindeer and an early visit from Santa.

Performers included the Suffolk School of Samba, Beccles Community Choir and all-female group Bella Tonic.

The evening also saw the launch of the Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival, which continues until Sunday, with 53 trees decorated by a variety of groups, organisations, businesses and individuals.

And shops and businesses got involved too, lighting up their decorated Christmas trees in their windows as part of the town's annual tree trail.

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