Christmas arrives in Bury St Edmunds

Lily with santa at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Lily with santa at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Hundreds descended on Bury St Edmunds last night for the town’s big Christmas lights switch-on.

Lily with santa at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Lily with santa at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The town centre was bustling as local hero Daniel Challenor pressed the button to turn on the festive illuminations.

Mr Challenor, front of house manager at Wagamama restaurant in the town, saved a customer's life on his first day at the job, giving life-saving CPR before medics arrived at the scene - and earning himself a Stars of Suffolk award.

Santa at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Santa at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A spokesman for OurBuryStEdmunds said this year's lights switch-on was a huge success.

"I don't have the official figure for the number of people who celebrated the lights switch on but the town centre was packed with people", she said.

The ferris wheel at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The ferris wheel at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"We had a fantastic stage show by the Suffolk police choir and the cast of the Theatre Royal's pantomime.

"Everything went really well and the weather held out too. "From the time the crowds started gathering, just after 4pm, the weather was really good. "It was a bit chilly but more than you can hope for at this time of year.

The Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

"The lights switch-on is really well supported by the people of Bury St Edmunds and marks the start of the Christmas shopping season in style."

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Next week the town hosts the famous Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market, starting on Thursday afternoon and running until Sunday. Thousands are expected to visit the market town, taking in the Christmas lights, browsing the many and varied stalls and enjoying street performers, funfair rides and delicacies.

A happy elf at the Bury light switch onPicture: CHARLOTTE BOND

A happy elf at the Bury light switch onPicture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Daniel Challenor turning the christmas lights on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Daniel Challenor turning the christmas lights on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Local hero Daniel Challenor turned on the lights for Bury this year Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Local hero Daniel Challenor turned on the lights for Bury this year Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

sasha with the christmas elf Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

sasha with the christmas elf Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The Suffolk constabulary male choir took to the stage Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Suffolk constabulary male choir took to the stage Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The St Johns ambulance team Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The St Johns ambulance team Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The Jessica Barber academy of dance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Jessica Barber academy of dance Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

CHristmas characters spreading joy at the light switch on in Bury Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

CHristmas characters spreading joy at the light switch on in Bury Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Daisy and Richie Farrow enjoying the christmas lights Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Daisy and Richie Farrow enjoying the christmas lights Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Ladies on stilts at the Bury christmas light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Ladies on stilts at the Bury christmas light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

A happy christmas elf Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

A happy christmas elf Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

The tudor luxury praline serving caramelised almonds at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE

The tudor luxury praline serving caramelised almonds at the Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Harper May with her favourite characters Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Harper May with her favourite characters Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Ruby Brooklyn enjoying the christmas lights Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Ruby Brooklyn enjoying the christmas lights Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Sisters Constance and Clemency enjoying the light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Sisters Constance and Clemency enjoying the light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Michelle and nurse bury from my wish charity Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Michelle and nurse bury from my wish charity Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Balloon makers Paul and Theresa Pleasant Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Balloon makers Paul and Theresa Pleasant Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Nancie and Sylvi having a great time at the christmas light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Nancie and Sylvi having a great time at the christmas light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Lily with santa at the bury christmas switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Lily with santa at the bury christmas switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Georgia King with her favourite characters Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Georgia King with her favourite characters Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Charlie from The Olde Sweet Shoppe stall at the Bury christmas light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE B

Charlie from The Olde Sweet Shoppe stall at the Bury christmas light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Bury light switch on Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

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