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Aylsham is ready to light up

Aylsham is gearing up for its festive lights switch on this Friday.

The fun starts at 5.30pm when a procession will leave leave St Michael’s School and choral group Vocalites will perform in the Market Place. The main event is at 6pm, when the lights will add sparkle to the town centre, followed by a performance at 6.05pm by Sutton School of Dance. Santa will be in Eclipse hair studio from around 6.15pm and the Bure Valley School Choir will be performing in the Market Place at 6.20pm, followed by a second show by Sutton School of Dance. There’s then the chance to hear local band Agent Orange from 7pm.

There will be the Christmas Tree Festival in the church with the Town Band playing and stalls plus refreshments by the WI and a children’s workshop in the Town Hall. There will also be stalls plus the Salvation Army Band in Red Lion Street, plus the shops will be open late. The Market Place will also have fairground rides and stalls.

There’s food in the Market Place including Coxfords barbecue, Broadside Pizza, The Almond Kitchen, Raj from the Farmers Market with Indian food, Whites barbecue, hot chocolate/coffee and the Black Boys and the Unicorn will be open, as will Piggy’s and the Old Tea Rooms.

All timings are approximate.

Ed Balls to turn on Norwich Christmas lights

Stepping off the Strictly dance floor and on to the steps of City Hall, former shadow chancellor Ed Balls will turn on the lights at the city’s annual Christmas Switch-on.

Born in Norwich and a lifelong Canaries fan, Ed has recently taken up position as chairman of the football club and was delighted to be invited to take part in the festivities.

“What an honour to turn on the Christmas lights in my home town of Norwich,” he said. “I’m so thrilled to be part of what promises to be a spectacular evening and also get the chance to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on my Strictly journey – I couldn’t have done it without you.”

This year’s switch-on takes place on Thursday, November 17, and includes new projections and illuminations, thanks to a partnership between Norwich City Council and Norwich BID.

The evening’s fun will start at 6pm with entertainment at City Hall. Performances include Mixed Voice, The Garage and a light juggling show.

Santa’s colourful parade will be setting off at 6.15pm from Norwich Cathedral, accompanied by carol singers and wind its way to The Forum, where children will be able to give Santa their Christmas letters and take part in other festive fun.

Back at City Hall, at 7pm, our special guest, Ed Balls, will be switching on the lights throughout the city, followed by stunning projections set to music on Norwich Castle and City Hall.

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