Sheringham’s all of a-twinkle after Christmas lights switch-on

Festive fun at Sheringham's Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Festive fun at Sheringham's Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Sheringham town centre sparkled with festive spirit when a team of youngsters led the count-down at the annual switch-on ceremony, revealing £2,500-worth of new lights.

Strung around Sheringham Little Theatre, the twinkling white lights were bought with the proceeds of a variety show and auction organised by carnival vice-chairman Paul Starling and his 'Lights Up' team.

The two events, which raised more than £6,000, paid for a new display for the theatre, as well as two carnival marquees, which also got their first outing on Friday - providing cover for an outdoor stage.

Hundreds turned out for the switch-on, which featured attractions including traditional stalls selling hot chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies, as well as charity stands, a hog roast and a face painting stall.

Entertainment was provided Sheringham Primary School teacher Becky Robinson and a cast of pupils, who gave a performance based on the C S Lewis novel The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, with the school choir, who were accompanied by Salvation Army band members, delighting crowds with songs ranging from the specially-written 'O Little Town of Sheringham', to the traditional carol, It Was on a Starry Night.

Youngsters also had a chance to visit Father Christmas in his town clock 'grotto', before town crier Tony Nelson announced the countdown to the big switch-on, which saw crowds showered with confetti and artificial snow.

Entertainment for adults continued into the evening with live music and a laser and light show on Lifeboat Plain.

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Mr Starling thanked all those who supported the event, which, he said, had been made more special by the addition of the new lights.

The Lights Up team, who gave a performance of a specially-written, Sheringham-themed song at the switch-on, are now planning more fundraising events, including a second variety show next year.

'We were really shocked and pleased to see just how much we raised,' Mr Starling said. 'It was a huge team effort and, hopefully, the new lights will brighten the town up, bring more people in and help put Sheringham on the map.'