Wimblington Lights group overwhelmed by support

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Heavy rain and headwinds failed to dampen Christmas spirits when a village was lit up for the first time in around eight years.

Residents showed how happy they were to see the return of Christmas lights in Wimblington when they turned out for the switch-on event in their hundreds, despite awful weather.

The event on November 29 was made possible thanks to the Wimblington Christmas Lights group, which has raised just under £3,000 since forming in February to buy new lights and refurbish old displays.

Member Joanne Rose said: “The group has been truly overwhelmed by the support we have received throughout; we really hope you enjoy the lights as much as we enjoyed putting them up, and, on behalf of us all, thank you Wimblington!”

Before the big switch-on, families came out of their homes to greet Father Christmas and his elves during the Santa Parade around the village.

The sleigh arrived at the Parish Hall for 6pm, ready for carol singing from the Thomas Eaton School choir and a countdown led by group member and DJ Simon Knight.

Joanne said: “The event was a culmination of nine months of fundraising and planning, by a small group of eight, plus an army of supporters and helpers who have all contributed – either in the fundraising, the putting together of the displays, or helping on the day.

“It was a real community event, with a lovely atmosphere and definitely the start of an annual event.”