Families gathered in Bury St Edmunds’ Buttermarket last night to witness the start of the town’s festive season.
A packed programme of entertainment created a fun atmosphere in the lead up to the main attraction – the Christmas lights switch on – with stalls, face painting, school performances and appearances from Elsa, Olaf and, of course, Santa helping to make it as memorable as ever.
At 7pm, at a flick of a switch, Bury MP Jo Churchill threw the town into colour, a spectacle that hundreds of men and women, boys and girls, had turned out to see.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bury’s Business Improvement District (BID) Ourburystedmunds, which organised the event, said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many people attended last night’s Switch On event bearing in mind the awful weather in the afternoon. Our Operatic Santa went down a storm and the penguins were as popular as ever.”
He added: “I am always so impressed with the quality of our on stage performers from local schools. I am also really glad we approached West Suffolk College for some post Switch On entertainment as both groups were brilliant.
“I think the town looks lovely and the brand new lights in the arc are superb. So everything is set up to welcome the thousands of visitors to the town for the Christmas Fayre next weekend.”
Mrs Churchill said: “It was a real pleasure to turn on this year’s Christmas lights in Bury town centre. Every year it is a wonderful evening of festivities for all the family and, despite the rain, everyone turned out in their thousands with immense Christmas cheer to kick off the festive season.
“A huge thank you to Mark Cordell and all those at Ourburystedmunds BID who do so much for our town, and to everyone who helped make it such a special evening.”
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