Thousands of people turn out to see Norwich’s Christmas lights switched on
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It might still be more than a month to Christmas but the festive spirit has well and truly arrived in Norwich.
Thousands of people, young and old, turned out for the annual Christmas lights switch-on to see the city turned into a twinkling, sparkling and brightly-coloured winter wonderland.
There was a range of festive fun, music and entertainment across the city yesterday evening including Father Christmas himself leading a colourful parade through the city centre from 6pm, starting at Norwich Cathedral and finishing at Gentleman's walk.
But by 7pm all eyes were on City Hall where former Anglia TV presenter Helen McDermott, who has also worked for Mustard TV and Radio Norwich, did the honours and switched on Christmas - sending fireworks shooting up into the sky as she did so.
The Christmas lights stretched almost for as far as the eye could see, across the city centre, into The Norwich Lanes and into Norwich Cathedral Quarter.
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The spectacular switch-on put some real seasonal cheer into the crowds of people who descended on the city centre where The Tunnel of Light has made a welcome return with its 50,000 sequenced lights that reflect the patterns and colours of the Northern Lights.
Chris Hansell, 72, from Thorpe, attended the event with her grandson Corin, 10, and said they both loved it.
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She said: 'I thought it was very good.
'It's a good way to get into Christmas.
'I think its lovely bringing everyone together. It's a real family evening.'
Corin said: 'I thought it was really good. I loved it.'
Mariela Nakeva, 27, from Norwich, her partner Stanislav Rosef, 32, and their one-year-old son Iliyan were attending the switch on for the first time.
She said: 'It was very spectacular.
'I like Christmas and I like sparkly so I liked this.'
Will Gayton, 23, from Norwich and his girlfriend Melissa Eden, 20, who lives near Harleston, were also attending for the first time.
They said they 'weren't expecting' the fireworks as well as the lights which they said looked 'good'.