Festive fun for everyone as thousands flock to Lowestoft town centre
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A sprinkling of fairytale magic, mixed in with a host of festive songs, spread plenty of Christmas cheer across Lowestoft.
Festivities in the town centre attracted the crowds with a fairytale panto parade on Saturday before music and dance enchanted audiences to a rock around the Christmas tree event on Sunday.
Thousands of shoppers turned out in Lowestoft town centre over the weekend to enjoy events organised by Lowestoft Vision, which is part of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney.
Crowds lined up throughout the town centre on Saturday for the annual Fairytale parade, which saw the cast of the Marina Theatre's pantomime Beauty and the Beast turning out to wave to the crowds.
The parade was led by the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums and followed by Santa, as the cast of the Lowestoft Players panto Snow White and a number of retailers joined in the fun and handed out treats to shoppers.
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Also on Saturday, the Salvation Army band performed in the Britten Centre, while shoppers were given a helping hand from Christians Together in Lowestoft and District, as a free gift wrapping service was run in the town centre.
Festive songs echoed out around the Christmas tree on Sunday, with performances from Lowestoft Signing Choir, Cantors Theatre School, Lowestoft Longshoreman, the cast of the Marina Theatre's Beauty and the Beast and the DPA show choir.
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Darren Newman, Lowestoft Vision Manager, said: 'There was a fantastic atmosphere in the town on Saturday for the parade and we would like to thank all of those who took part and especially to John Grose for kindly providing the car for Beauty and the Beast's Belle and Santa.
'On Sunday is was great to see local talent perform in the town and we are really grateful to all those involved.'