Christmas lights switch on ceremonies in March and Chatteris

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Festive spirit is lighting up Fenland as March and Chatteris switch on their Christmas lights over the weekend.

Hundreds of people will be descending onto the Market Place in March to watch as the lights are officially turned on during Friday’s ceremony.

Fair rides in Broad Street, a grotto and music in the Market Place will be on offer in March from 6pm.

Father Christmas will be making an early appearance in the town. His sleigh will be travelling from the Oliver Cromwell Hotel to the Market Place via St Peter’s Road this year.

The lights will be switched on at 7pm by Hannah Hankin.

Chairman of the Christmas lights committee Bernard Keane said: “It is going to be quite a night.”

Chatteris is jam-packed with festive fun on Saturday from 3pm around Market Hill.

A town crier competition will be held from 3.30pm plus a brass ensemble will be adding a festive flair to the occasion.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church will be displaying Christmas trees while The Salvation Army will be running its usual winter fair in the town from 3pm, plus there will be rides.

Father Christmas will be taking early orders at his grotto in the Old Bakery.

He is due to arrive at 4.30pm to switch on the lights with a school child from the town.

Sausage rolls and mince pies will be served at Chatteris Museum after the switch on.

Chairman of the Christmas lights committee Chris Savill said: “It is going to be a good night and we have a lot of new decorations, which are funded by donations.”