Hundreds celebrate Fakenham Christmas lights switch-on event

Fakenham Mayor Gilly Foortse (right) with competition winner Skye Pawley (light) after the lights we

Fakenham Mayor Gilly Foortse (right) with competition winner Skye Pawley (light) after the lights were turned on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Families flocked to Fakenham market place for a festive afternoon in celebration of the Christmas light switch on and fayre.

Father Christmas and his helpers in his grotto at the Fakenham light switch on. Picture:Archant

Father Christmas and his helpers in his grotto at the Fakenham light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Smiles were across the faces of everyone at the event as they marked the return of the town's Christmas celebration after a year without one.

People were treated to market stalls, food and local entertainment on stage from the junior school choir, the town band and Miss Amy's academy of dance.

Crowds gather to watch Fakenham turn their Christmas lights on. Picture:Archant

Crowds gather to watch Fakenham turn their Christmas lights on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

There was also a magician and snow king and queen stilt walker in the crowd.

Town clerk Linda Jennings was on the committee who arranged the event and said: "It went extremely well, better than we could have ever imagined. I just want to say a massive thank you for everyone for turning up and supporting this event."

The Christmas lights in Fakenham are now switched on. Picture:Archant

The Christmas lights in Fakenham are now switched on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant


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The lights were switched on by 11-year-old competition winner Skye Pawley after she won the Naughty Elf competition held by the Christmas fayre committee.

The Christmas lights are now on in Fakenham. Picture:Archant

The Christmas lights are now on in Fakenham. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Magician Lee Curtis entertians the crowd at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

Magician Lee Curtis entertians the crowd at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

The snow king and queen stilt walkers at Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

The snow king and queen stilt walkers at Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

A big crowd at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

A big crowd at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Christmas lights were switched on in Fakenham Christmas. Picture:Archant

Christmas lights were switched on in Fakenham Christmas. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Families que up to meet Father Christmas at his grotto at the Fakenham lights switch on. Picture:Arc

Families que up to meet Father Christmas at his grotto at the Fakenham lights switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Crowds at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

Crowds at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

The Christmas lights in Fakenham have been switched on. Picture:Archant

The Christmas lights in Fakenham have been switched on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

A traditional hot roast was avaliable at the Fakenham event. Picture:Archant

A traditional hot roast was avaliable at the Fakenham event. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

The snow king and queen stilt walkers at Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

The snow king and queen stilt walkers at Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Fakenham Junior School choir singing at the Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

Fakenham Junior School choir singing at the Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

The Christmas lights are now on in Fakenham. Picture:Archant

The Christmas lights are now on in Fakenham. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Crowds gather to watch Fakenham turn their Christmas lights on. Picture:Archant

Crowds gather to watch Fakenham turn their Christmas lights on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Faye Dewing from Sweets 'n' Things getting into the Christmas spirit at the Fakenham Christmas light

Faye Dewing from Sweets 'n' Things getting into the Christmas spirit at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Families were treated to entertianment and market stalls at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on.

Families were treated to entertianment and market stalls at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Miss Amy's first academy of dance preforming at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Arch

Miss Amy's first academy of dance preforming at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

The town band preforming at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant

The town band preforming at the Fakenham Christmas light switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered to watch the Fakenham Christmas light switch on Picture:Archant

Crowds gathered to watch the Fakenham Christmas light switch on Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

Festive drinks were on sale from Taylors at the Fakenham Christmas switch on. Picture:Archant

Festive drinks were on sale from Taylors at the Fakenham Christmas switch on. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

The Christmas lights are now on in Fakenham. Picture:Archant

The Christmas lights are now on in Fakenham. Picture:Archant - Credit: Archant

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