Large crowd enjoys Diss Christmas lights switch-on

Everyone taking part to hit the switch to turn on the christmas lights in Diss

Everyone taking part to hit the switch to turn on the christmas lights in Diss - Credit: Lucy Kayne

The magic of Christmas appeared in Diss on Saturday as the market town's festive illuminations were turned on in front of hundreds of people.

Panto stars were building the anticipation of the Diss christmas light switch on

Panto stars were building the anticipation of the Diss christmas light switch on - Credit: Lucy Kayne

Families cheered as the lights were turned on in the market place at 5.30pm by comic performer Ben Langley, who is appearing in Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Cracking jokes before the switch-on the actor said that a Marks and Spencer store and a Poundstretcher shop would come to the town in a merger known a Stretchmarks.

Father Christmas was the VIP for the Diss christmas light switch on

Father Christmas was the VIP for the Diss christmas light switch on - Credit: Lucy Kayne

Before the switch-on children screamed in delight as Father Christmas arrived and he posed for photographs as he made his way to the main stage.

He was also joined by town mayor Mike Bardwell and mascot Dinsdale the duck.

Carrolers filled the streets with festive cheer at the christmas light switch on in Diss

Carrolers filled the streets with festive cheer at the christmas light switch on in Diss - Credit: Lucy Kayne


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The fun started in the town from 3pm with street entertainment, live music, food and craft stalls and children's rides.

The event was organised by Diss Town Council and involved Park Radio.

Just in time for the lights to be switched on, Santa rides in style on this old school fire engine a

Just in time for the lights to be switched on, Santa rides in style on this old school fire engine at the Diss christmas light switch on - Credit: Lucy Kayne

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Photographs by Lucy Kayne.

Crowds gathered to watch as kids got involved with some of the dance performances at the Diss christ

Crowds gathered to watch as kids got involved with some of the dance performances at the Diss christmas light switch on - Credit: Lucy Kayne

Festive costumes were shining bright at the christmas light switch on in Diss

Festive costumes were shining bright at the christmas light switch on in Diss - Credit: Lucy Kayne

Other entertainment such as magic acts were on full display at the Diss christmas light switch on

Other entertainment such as magic acts were on full display at the Diss christmas light switch on - Credit: Lucy Kayne

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