Store all set to be lit up for Christmas

The Boots store in Sudbury which is about to have Christmas lights put up round the building. Pictur

The Boots store in Sudbury which is about to have Christmas lights put up round the building. Picture: NICKI DIXON - Credit: Archant

One of the buildings in Sudbury which has been left out of the Christmas street lighting for the past two years is all set to be lit up this year.

The Boots store, on Market Hill, is to have the festive decorations after agreement was reached between the town council and the nationwide company.

Store owners had been concerned about drilling into the fabric of the building but after learning that the hooks being used to hang the decorations are not weight bearing gave their agreement.

Jacqueline Howells, the town clerk, said: “They are being fitted as we speak.

“A couple of years ago when we were asking businesses to put up lights Boots sent us through an 80-page document and we said if you do not want to agree we won’t put them up but they have now consented.

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“We changed the lights that we put up with the old buildings and we now have little fairy lights that hang on hooks that are not weight bearing.”

The Christmas lights will be officially switched on at 6.30pm on Friday by the Town Mayor of Sudbury, Sue Ayres, along with the winner of this year’s Christmas Card Competition.

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St Peters Church bells will ring for a few minutes to signal that the lights are about to be switched on.

Father Christmas can be found in Holmes and Hills solicitors, North Street. He will be joined by two of his trusty real-life reindeer and sleigh parked outside from 5pm. The reindeer are also bringing a friend, a hand-tame owl.

During the evening there will also be carols played around the Christmas tree by the Salvation Army. The Sudbury Choral Society will be singing inside St Peter’s Church and new this year is a Buskers Corner with local musicians playing throughout the evening.

There will be a Christmas Craft Fair inside the church, with Christmassy gifts and treats. There will be a mulled wine and a mince pies stall.

And there will also be various stalls outside in North Street, Kings Street and Old Market Place, including sweet stalls, face painting, Christmas fair games, and Christmas crafts.

Attractions for this year include a mobile synthetic ice skating rink, eliminator and cage ride for adults, cups and saucer ride, and swing chairs for children and various other fairground games, the Phoenix Suffolk Community Marchers will be performing on East street and Elsa and Anna, from Frozen, will be roaming around to say hello to all the children.

Meanwhile, there are lots of catering stalls to keep hunger and thirst at bay. They include burgers, hot dogs, German sausages, macaroni cheese, curries, jacket potatoes, sweet and savory crepes, tea, coffee and hot chocolates.

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