Gallery: March shines bright as thousands pack streets for annual Christmas Lights Switch-on
Thousands braved Friday evening's freezing temperatures to watch March get lit up for the festive season.
As always the annual switch-on was a massive hit with people of all ages packing the town's Market Place to watch local radio presenter Johnny Dee press the button to turn on the thousands of lights.
The switch-on was accompanied by a fun fair in Broad Street and a colourful display of narrow boats along the Old River Nene thanks to members of the Middle Level Watermen’s Club.
Musical entertainment was provided on the main stage, on the Market Place.
After the switch-on Father Christmas, who had earlier arrived on his sleigh, handed out sweets to the crowds, before he retreated to his grotto ready to meet children eager to put in those last minute present requests.
March has gained a reputation for having some of the best lights in the area and work to put up the thousands of lights has been going on for the past few weeks. They will now shine bright until the New Year.
The town’s Christmas Market will take place tomorrow (Sunday) when once again the town centre roads will be close to traffic.
The civic carol service will be held at St Peter’s Church on December 13 from 7pm.
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