'Great to be back' - Big crowd at Great Yarmouth Christmas lights switch on

A firework display at the Great Yarmouth Christmas light switch on event. Picture: Danielle Booden

Lights, fireworks and Santa Claus. The Christmas light switch-on was enjoyed by all. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Families gathered round to watch Great Yarmouth's first Christmas light switch-on in two years on Friday.

Greatest Hits Radio's Rob Chandler compered the evening's festivities, which included dancers from Martham-based group Iceni, songs by Daniela Beck and a panto sneak peek with a giant, a fairy and a cow.

People began gathering around the Market Place from 6pm while the celebrations started.

Ben Langley at the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Ben Langley at the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Comedian Ben Langley entertained the crowd leading up to the switch-on at 7pm.

Mr Langley said: "Look at us all tonight, rubbing shoulders with everyone.

"Last year, we weren't allowed to anything, so let's make the most it.

"It’s Christmas time."

Great Yarmouth Christmas lights. Picture: Danielle Booden

People were out in droves at the Great Yarmouth Christmas light swith-on. - Credit: Danielle Booden

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Once the lights were on, fireworks erupted above Market Gates shopping centre.

Great Yarmouth mayor, Adrian Thompson then walked on stage with Santa Claus and his elves, wishing the town a merry Christmas.

The Brand family enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Brand family enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Visiting the market place with her family, Laura Brand said: "It was really good.

"A bit cold, but certainly much better than last year.

"My favourite part was the market stalls, but they should have even more stalls next year."

The Davis family enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Davis family enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Stephanie Davis, who was also with her family, said: "I thought tonight was lovely.

"I have never been to a Christmas light switch-on before.

"It was really, really lovely."

Mayor Adrian Thompson said: "The event was absolutely fantastic.

"It was great to see everyone back in the heart of the town getting set for Christmas.

"There was a small technical error, but that's life."

The mayor revealed that he was supposed to be the one doing the honours of turning on the lights, but he said as long as they were on and everyone enjoyed themselves, there was no harm done.

The cast of Jack and the Bean stalk from St George's Theatre at the Christmas light switch on in Gre

The cast of Jack and the Bean stalk from St George's Theatre at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Christmas light switch-on also marked the first day of the council's Christmas in the Parks event.

The Christmas Market at St George's Park will be open on Saturday, November 27 10am to 5pm, Sunday, November 28 10am to 4pm and Friday December 3 until Sunday December 5, 10am to 4pm.

Free weekend parking will be available from Saturday, November 27 for six weeks in Brewery Plain, Fullers Hill, George Street, King Street, Market Place and Stonecutter's Quay car parks.

Despite Gorleston's Christmas in the Parks being cancelled due to forecasted high winds, the light switch-on event on Gorleston High Street will still be taking place on Sunday, November 29 from 5pm.

Great Yarmouth Christmas lights. Picture: Danielle Booden

Santa Claus making his way to the Market Place. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The cast of Jack and the Bean stalk from St George's Theatre at the Christmas light switch on in Gre

The cast of Jack and the Bean stalk from St George's Theatre at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The cast of Jack and the Bean stalk from St George's Theatre at the Christmas light switch on in Gre

The cow from Jack and the Beanstalk from St George's Theatre at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Iceni dance crew performing at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Bo

Iceni dance crew performing at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Iceni dance crew performing at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Bo

Iceni dance crew performing at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Snow Queen at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Snow Queen at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Daisy and Poppy at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Daisy and Poppy at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Matas enjoying the Christmas lights in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Matas enjoying the Christmas lights in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Dawn Couzens and Louise Lewin at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle

Dawn Couzens and Louise Lewin at the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Tia, age 3, enjoying the Christmas lights in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Tia, age 3, enjoying the Christmas lights in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Great Yarmouth Christmas lights. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Christmas lights were switched on by comedian Ben Langley. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Great Yarmouth Christmas lights. Picture: Danielle Booden

Great Yarmouth Christmas lights. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Great Yarmouth Mayor, Adrian Thompson, at the Christmas light switch on event. Picture: Danielle Boo

Great Yarmouth Mayor, Adrian Thompson, at the Christmas light switch on event. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Crowds enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Crowds enjoying the Christmas light switch on in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A firework display at the Great Yarmouth Christmas light switch on event. Picture: Danielle Booden

A firework display at the Great Yarmouth Christmas light switch on event. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A firework display at the Great Yarmouth Christmas light switch on event. Picture: Danielle Booden

A firework display at the Great Yarmouth Christmas light switch on event. - Credit: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Snow Queen's den at the Christmas light switch-on event. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Great Yarmouth Hippodrome panto cast at the Christmas light switch on event. Picture: Danielle Boode

The cast for Aladdin at the Christmas light switch on event. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Santa at the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

Santa at the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Christmas light switch on event in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The Christmas lights in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Christmas lights in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Danielle Booden


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