Photo gallery: ‘Mark would have loved this’ - Fakenham Christmas lights switch-on a fitting memorial to community hero Mark Baldwin

Carols were sung before the Fakenham Christmas lights were switched on. Picture: Ian Burt

Carols were sung before the Fakenham Christmas lights were switched on. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Organisers of the Fakenham Christmas lights switch-on have described the event as a fitting memorial to the well-loved community champion who organised it for four years.

Mark Baldwin died at his Fakenham home on November 6, aged 41.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Mr Baldwin, who received the Fakenham Mayor's Community Volunteer Award last year, was the chairman of Kick Start Fakenham, the volunteer-run group which organises the town's Christmas lights switch-on event.

Current Kick Start Fakenham chairman Adrian Vertigan said: 'There has been a really good atmosphere here all day and a great turnout.

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'Mark would have loved this and I can see him smiling down on us today.

'Even when Mark stepped down as Kick Start Fakenham chairman he continued to be the main organiser of the Christmas lights switch-on - it was an event which was very important to him.

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'We wanted this event to be a memorial to Mark and also to Di Butler, another Kick Start Fakenham member who died earlier this year, so there has been an added drive to make it extra special and it's so pleasing to see so many people supporting it.'

Crowds enjoyed games and activities throughout Saturday, including Christmas carols and music from the Salvation Army Band, pantomime performances from Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society (FADLOS) and a Santa's grotto.

The lights were arranged by Fakenham Area Partnership.

Mr Vertigan said: 'I really want to thank Active Fakenham for lending us a marquee, Thurlow Nunn Standen for the stage, PJH Sound Systems and all of the traders who came out to support us.'

Mr Vertigan added that plans remain in place to hold a charity concert in Fakenham next year, in Mr Baldwin's memory.

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