Thousands turn up to watch Fenland Christmas lights

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on ANL-140112-082616009
Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on ANL-140112-082616009
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Thousands of people turned out all over Fenland to get into the festive spirit as the Christmas lights were switched on.

Organisers of the events in Wisbech, March and Chatteris were over the moon with their success.

Wisbech’s new Christmas lights attracted 2,500 to 3,000 people along to Sunday’s ceremony.

Funfair rides, a screen playing seasonal clips, singers and dancers were all part of the fun.

Pantomime groups in the area entertained the crowds plus there was music from Sound Station and performances from Katy Lilley’s School of Dance.

The evening was rounded off with Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

At 5pm Mayor Michael Hill and friends switched on the lights.

One of the people behind the event, Steve Tierney, a Wisbech Town and Fenland District councillor, said: “It was absolutely fantastic and the best one ever.

“This year’s lights got a big cheer and the feedback has been fantastic.”

Chatteris was packed with an estimated 3,000 people on Saturday who enjoyed the switch-on.

Residents and friends enjoyed a host of attractions including events at St Peter and St Paul’s Church and the Emmanuel Church, along with festive tunes played by a March brass band.

Judy Kirk, Peter Taylor and Lawrence Weetman competed in the contest to find a new town crier. Mr Weetman won the contest.

Another attraction was the range of new Christmas lights.

Chris Savil, chairman of the Christmas Lights committee, said: “I am really pleased – it was a good day.

“This was the 29th switch-on and we will be pulling out all the stops for next year.”

Elsa and Anna from Frozen were among the special guests at March’s Christmas lights switch on.

Hundreds of people crowded into the town centre to watch Father Christmas arrive, with help from Rotarians, in his sleigh.

The lights were switched on by Hannah Hankin.

Attractions also included music and a popular fairground.

The Middle Level Watermen’s Club brought along their decorated boats.

Visitors also enjoyed some new lights. Some of these were bought using money left by Gordon Blake.

Organiser Bernard Keane, a March town councillor, has thanked the town’s air cadets for marshalling.

He said: “It was a lovely atmosphere.”