Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Gallery: Colchester gets its festive season underway in style

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 November 2012

Lola Crosby, five, wipes the soap snow drifting from the roof of William and Griffin from dad Johnnie Crosbys face after the Christmas window was unveiled on Saturday, 17 November.

Lola Crosby, five, wipes the soap snow drifting from the roof of William and Griffin from dad Johnnie Crosbys face after the Christmas window was unveiled on Saturday, 17 November.

Archant

WE may still be in November, but the festive countdown has got into full swing in Colchester.

The town launched its Christmas season with the unveiling of an animated window display at Williams and Griffin department store.

Hundreds of youngsters turned out for the spectacle and to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas. Later Colchester mayor Christopher Arnold turned on the High Street’s Christmas lights.

The rock choir was also present to help whip up a festive atmosphere in the town centre.

Councillor Paul Smith, portfolio-holder for business and resources at Colchester Borough Council, said: “The switch-on of the Christmas lights and events around the town centre mark the beginning of Colchester’s festive programme.

“The aim is to encourage local people to shop local, support local businesses and help to sustain local employment through these tough economic times.”

Michelle Reynolds, chairman of the Colchester Christmas Group, said: “We want local people to embrace the town this year, shop locally and support the festive activities.”

She added: “We also hope that the businesses of Colchester will fully support and embrace the festive opportunities and help to make this year special.”

0 comments

The number of people diagnosed with kidney cancer has doubled in the region in the last decade, new research has shown.

Police have thanked the public for helping in the search for a missing 15-year-old boy from Stowmarket.

A pub manager is taking on a nerve-shredding aerial challenge to fund disease support and research.

A new interpretation board has been unveiled near the site of a crucial episode in the history of Colchester.

Young people who were representing Scouting during the Saint George’s Day parades have been a “credit” to their communities.

A go-getting parish council, three popular pubs and plenty of community spirit are some of the ingredients singled out for earning Shotley the chance of being named the country’s ‘village of the year’.

Bookies are tipping the Missing People Choir which has among its membership Suffolk’s Nicki Durbin – to be named winners of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24