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Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on ANL-151130-085601009
Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on ANL-151130-085601009

Fenland is now alight with festive spirit.

Thousands of people went to March, Chatteris and Wisbech over the weekend as the towns’ Christmas lights were switched on.

An estimated 5,000 people turned out on Friday evening to watch as an air cadet flipped the switch in March.

The town was filled with stalls, funfair rides, along with music.

Mayor Robert Skoulding said: “March do a very good switch-on every year and yet again we have the best lights in Fenland.”

Snow was seen falling over Chatteris on Saturday afternoon as part of a special surprise organised by volunteers on the Christmas Lights Committee. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the lights, the team arranged for a snow machine.

Six-year-old Courtney Brookes switched on the lights. Attractions also included the stalls, Christmas tree festival and brass ensemble.

Chairman Chris Savill said: “You could see the delight in the children’s faces. It was wonderful to see it fluttering in the lights.”

Wisbech had the most dramatic switch-on with the weather calling an early finish.

But Sunday’s winds did not deter thousands of people from turning out in the Market Place. Comedian Jimmy Cricket and Mayor David Hodgson switched on the lights a little earlier than planned due to winds, which caused gazebos to lift up.

Cllr Steve Tierney said: “The atmosphere was electric and a really good turn-out. The stoic people of Wisbech were not put off by the weather.”

Samantha Hoy, the Oliver family and Tinfish staff have been thanked.

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