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Fakenham's Christmas lights set to be longer and better - again

PUBLISHED: 10:45 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 07 July 2010

An improved and extended Christmas light show is set to greet visitors to Fakenham during this year's festive season.

The switch-on date for this year's Christmas lights has been set for Saturday, November 28 and organisers are still raising money to continue the revamp which began last year.

An improved and extended Christmas light show is set to greet visitors to Fakenham during this year's festive season.

The switch-on date for this year's Christmas lights has been set for Saturday, November 28 and organisers are still raising money to continue the revamp which began last year.

There will be more lights around the Central Cinema and the market place, with the display beginning to spread onto Norwich Street, Oak Street and Bridge Street.

And Janet Holdom, co-ordinator for Fakenham Area Partnership, said she hoped the display could reach even further in future.

“Over the next couple of years we hope to gradually build up a fantastic modern, eco-friendly LED display with the appropriate 'wow' factor, to improve the town's profile and encourage more people to shop and visit,” she said.

Mrs Holdom said new lights had been purchased which had an expected life of at least 15 years and used one tenth the power of traditional filament lamps.

She said: “We hope to extend the display beyond the market place this year and though the new stock of lights will save money in the medium term, the initial capital outlay is considerable.

“We've had very good response so far with pledges from local businesses, the chamber of trade and a generous grant from the town council.”

The fundraising effort continues tomorrow with a prize bingo session at the community centre. Doors open at 6.30pm, with eyes down at 7pm.

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