New light shows in King’s Lynn add to Christmas spirit

The Christmas lights switch on in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Christmas lights switch on in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

For months, they have adorned Lynn's most treasured buildings, representing different various different elements of the its history and culture.

Christmas lights switch on in the Market Place, Great Yarmouth.The Ice Rink.November 2015.Picture: J

Christmas lights switch on in the Market Place, Great Yarmouth.The Ice Rink.November 2015.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

But the town's illuminations have now taken on a very different light, having been transformed into Christmas decorations for the festive period.

The new light shows will be shown every evening from 5pm until 10pm at five of the six Lynn Lumière sites, and will run into the New Year.

As part of the project, a clip with sound featuring Donald Duck from the Disney film 'Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas' will be projected onto 1-3 Tuesday Market Place, and 18 New Conduit Street will show a clip from the Disney film 'Frozen', also with sound.

St Nicholas' Chapel, Greyfriars Tower and the Minster all get new Christmas-themed projections, while Julia Dantonnet's light show 'Savages', celebrating the life of Frederick Savage, returns to the Custom House.

Lowestoft 2015 Christmas light Switch on

Lowestoft 2015 Christmas light Switch on - Credit: Nick Butcher

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council's cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: 'The light shows are one of Lynn's most talked-about attractions, and I am delighted we have new shows beginning.'

Borough council deputy mayor David Whitby was joined at the Christmas lights switch on ceremony in Tuesday Market Place by Sasha Nutley, five, who, earlier in the year, showed maturity beyond her years to call 999, when her mother Emma collapsed.

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Meanwhile, Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy pushed the plunger to switch on the Christmas lights at Norwich's Castle Mall shopping centre.

Hundreds gathered to enjoy prize draws and entertainment from fairies on stilts, Buzz Lightyear and Spiderman before a countdown from 10.

In Lowestoft, glitter cannons exploded with a bang when the lights were switched on by Marina Theatre pantomime star Emily McAvoy, alongside radio presenters.

A fireworks display topped off the switch-on in Gorleston, which was carried out by local musician Neil Francis.

In Swaffham, entertainment included a performance from the Fakenham Town Band as well as carol singing and a festive market selling gifts and crafts.

Meanwhile, on Friday night, Sheringham's town centre sparkled with festive spirit, as youngsters led a countdown at the switch-on ceremony, revealing £2,500-worth of new lights. Attractions included traditional stalls selling hot chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies, as well as charity stands.