Cromer Christmas market plan to boost lights-up night

Cromer is set to have a Christmas market to give a festive boost to town trade and add something new to the annual lights-up event.

And the town could buy a �1,000 laser to shine into the sky from the top of the church tower and flag up the festivities for miles around.

The Christmas market was the brainchild of a member of the public, who wrote to the town council to ask if it could be considered.

Now the council, Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation and Cromer Chamber of Trade have formed a working group to make it happen.

The market will be set up on High Street, in front of Budgens, and will run from the afternoon of December 2, through that evening's annual switch-on and on the following day, a Saturday.

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Town clerk Julie Chance said the idea was to boost the number of people in the town and encourage traders to keep their shops open late on switch-on night.

She said: 'We wanted to do something to promote the Christmas lights more. The idea of a Christmas market has been discussed before, but it's not been pushed forward.

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'I think it is felt that once the lights are switched on everyone goes home because it's cold and everything stops. But we are hoping to have this and some street entertainment.

'If people are going to stay around in the evening, then it is more likely that the shops will think it is worthwhile staying open.

'We are hoping that the Christmas market will be set up while the shops are still open.'

She added: 'We've met with Norfolk County Council highways and North Norfolk District Council, and it looks as though it will be done without having to close Church Street to traffic.

'We are asking for expressions of interest to have market stalls. So far, we've had interest from people who want to sell roast chestnuts, soap and charms.'

Mrs Chance said the possibility of a laser was being looked into, to 'shine a shaft of light from the church tower that would be seen throughout the area'.

? To express an interest in having a stall at the Christmas market, call Mrs Chance on 01263 512254 or email

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