King’s Lynn sparkles for big switch-on

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Mayor David Whitby did the honours after an afternoon of free entertainment in the town centre.

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.

He pushed the plunger with help from the unlikely pairing of Father Christmas and special guest Paul Barber, aka Denzil in the beloved BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses.

The rain held off as thousands gathered in the Tuesday Market Place for the big countdown, which came after an afternoon of free entertainment in the town cenre and Vancouver Quarter.

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Fairy tale Princesses sang carols before being joined by Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters, stars of Cinderella, this year's pantomime at the Corn Exchange, before the the lights went on accompanied by rockets and confetti bombs.

Earlier the festive Fairy Tale Prince and Princesses were strolling the town, as Santa held court in his grotto in New Conduit Street.

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.


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Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and H

Scenes from the King's Lynn Christmas Lights swithc on 2016 - with Paul Barber from Only Fools and Horses switching on the lights. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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