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Town set to sparkle once more thanks to volunteers

Just Regional
Nov 10, 2023 2 mins read

A dedicated group of volunteers will see all their hard work come to fruition in just a few weeks when North Walsham’s Christmas lights are switched on.  

Scenes from last year’s Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictures: ANDREA HUDSON PHOTOGRAPHY

The group of 12 have spent several Sunday mornings getting the town ready for the main event on Saturday, November 25.  

Colin Jeary, Chairman of the North Walsham Christmas Lights Committee, said: “The Christmas lights rely purely on volunteers who are willing to give up a few hours, so we can make sure the town has lights each year. 

“All of the town’s lights are funded purely by donations from traders and grants. Each year the team try to improve or add a little extra but it’s always dependent on what’s achievable in the few weeks of erecting.” 

This year’s switch-on will once again take place in the Market Place, as well as spilling over into Church Street where Santa will be in his grotto.  

Colin added: “With the regeneration of the town, we have had to cut back on the funfair rides this year, but are actively looking at options for next year already.  

“There will be a street fair with food, drink and craft stalls from 2pm, with live entertainment including the Salvation Army Band leading up to the switch on at 6pm.” 

For more information about the switch-on event, see the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nwxmaslights 

People are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve at North Walsham Community Centre. There will be live music, with Lowrider playing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the event runs from 7.30pm to 1am.  

Tickets must be bought in advance. The cost is £22 for adults and £10 for children aged up to 16 and includes food. To book call 01692 402116. 

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