Festive fun at March lights switch-on

March Christmas lights switch on
March Christmas lights switch on
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March will be lit up for the festive season when a special child nominated by the Make a Wish charity flicks the switch on Friday November 30.

The fun starts from about 6.30pm with live music on the Market Place and the big switch-on will happen at 7pm.

Santa will arrive in style by sleigh accompanied by the Mayor Jan French and her consort Mike French just before the lights are turned-on and he will be handing out sweets to the crowds.

Children will be able to meet Father Christmas later on in a specially created grotto located outside Stead and Simpson shoe shop on High Street, where they will be able to put in any last minute present requests as well as receive a small gift.

Fair rides, stalls and games will line the centre of Broad Street and some of the town centre shops will be open for a bit of late night shopping.

Popular local band Monkey’s Uncle will provide live music throughout the evening and there will also be refreshments and street entertainment.

Drivers need to be aware the town centre will be closed to traffic from late afternoon and will remain blocked until 10pm.

March boasts among the areas top light display thanks a campaign run in 1999 to improve the town’s Christmas lights for the millennium.

Since then the town council has funded the magnificent display while a group of dedicated volunteers help organise the switch-on festivities.