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Thousands join community atmosphere at Felixstowe Christmas lights switch-on

PUBLISHED: 19:13 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:03 03 December 2017

Esme Smy, Calvin Whiting, Kaitlyn Whiting and Alice Graves at the Felixstowe Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Esme Smy, Calvin Whiting, Kaitlyn Whiting and Alice Graves at the Felixstowe Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Harman H Hopkins (H3 Photography)

Felixstowe was alive with Christmas cheer as thousands gathered for the festive lights switch-on on Saturday.

Children enjoyed the Christmas light switch on in Felixstowe. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS Children enjoyed the Christmas light switch on in Felixstowe. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Santa and Rudolph kick started the afternoon festivities with a parade to the grotto, alongside a traditional Christmas craft market and food stalls – all organised by the Lions Club of Felixstowe.

The Felixstowe Christmas lights were switched on on Saturday night. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS The Felixstowe Christmas lights were switched on on Saturday night. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Cheerleaders, theatre groups and schools shared their performances while a candlelit parade meandered along Hamilton Road to arrive at the carol singing.

Amelia Barnes, Kayla Barnes and Ava Watson with Father Christmas at the Felixstowe light switch-on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS Amelia Barnes, Kayla Barnes and Ava Watson with Father Christmas at the Felixstowe light switch-on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Felixstowe mayor Nick Barber switched on the lights at 5pm with the help of one of the town’s youngsters, who won the chance through the pebble competition.

The Salvation Army Band at the Felixstowe light switch-on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS The Salvation Army Band at the Felixstowe light switch-on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

He said: “It’s brilliant and there was a wonderful atmosphere. I think it’s massive – it’s not just important for the community to all come together but it’s massive for the shops too.”

Hundreds of people gathered to see the Christmas lights get switched on in Felixstowe. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS Hundreds of people gathered to see the Christmas lights get switched on in Felixstowe. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Upwards of 7,000 joined the afternoon while up to 3,000 made the evening switch-on.

The switch-on moment. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS The switch-on moment. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Crowds gathered at the Felixstowe Christmas light switch on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS Crowds gathered at the Felixstowe Christmas light switch on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

The switching on of the Christmas lights in Felixstowe. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS The switching on of the Christmas lights in Felixstowe. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Hundreds of people turned out to see the Felixstowe Christmas lights get switched on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS Hundreds of people turned out to see the Felixstowe Christmas lights get switched on. Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

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