Fakenham light switch-on success

Hundreds of people enjoyed the live music and fireworks at Fakenham's Christmas lights switch-on last night which was 'bigger and better' than previous years.

Organised by the Fakenham Area Partnership (FAP) and community group Kick Start, the event which took place in the market square on Saturday included fairground rides, entertainment from local band Bite the Bullet, fireworks and food stalls.

Music was also provided by North Norfolk Radio, the Fakenham Community Choir and the Fakenham Baptist Church.

There was also a Christmas fair in the Community Centre where people could buy gifts, which included jewellery and bags.

Children could also visit Santa's grotto before he made his way from the Community Centre to the market place in a special procession with his elves to turn the white lights on at 5pm.

The fireworks, which followed the light switch-on, were supplied by Fakenham businessman John Lingwood.

Lisa Smerdon, secretary of the Kick Start group, said: 'It has been great this year. It goes to prove that more groups working together in Fakenham is making the light switch-on event bigger and better.'

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Janet Holdom, Fakenham co-ordinator, added: 'The square was full of fun and music. It was buzzing.'

Financial support for this year's event came from local businesses, Fakenham Chamber of Trade and Fakenham Town Council.

The Rev Adrian Bell, rector of Fakenham Parish Church, said: 'Full marks for all those who organised the switch-on - it was the best we have had for many years and the lights are superb.'

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