Razzle dazzle at the March lights switch on

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

A night of fun-packed family fun, lit by hundreds of sparkling Christmas decorations, marks the official start of the festive season with the annual lights switch on event in March.

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

The town was full to bursting with people out to enjoy the yearly spectacle of the countdown to lighting up the town.

Councillor Rob Skoulding, chairman of the Christmas lights committee, said “It was brilliant. A really lovely atmosphere enjoyed by everyone.

“There was the usual packed crowds, lots of music, stalls and refreshments.

“Something for all the family. It is great to see everyone come together as a community.”

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant


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The lights were this year officially switched on by Bartosz (Barty) Alichper, of Paninis Cafe.

Cllr Skoulding said: “Barty was chosen as he open his cafe on Christmas Day for people to have lunch. We wanted to say thank you to him for his kind gesture every year.”

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A huge thank you was also extended to everybody who works hard behind the scenes preparing for the Christmas lights season.

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Christmas Lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

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