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Christmas event set to light up town for night

PUBLISHED: 09:50 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 19 November 2014

Thetford Christmas Lights 2013 switched on by Norwich Under 21 player Cameron King.

Photo: Sonya Duncan

Thetford Christmas Lights 2013 switched on by Norwich Under 21 player Cameron King. Photo: Sonya Duncan

Thetford's Christmas season will kick off in earnest on November 28 as the town's lights are switched on.

The honour this year goes to the town mayor, Sylvia Armes, who will be turning on the lights on Market Place at 6pm.

The festivities will be led by town crier, Mike Wabe, while an eclectic mix of craft, market and food stalls will be on offer.

The Jack Pilling Art Gallery will be open for the evening and a traditional Christmas Continental Market will line King Street.

On Well Street Larry Gray Funfairs will provide a selection of children’s rides and stalls.

And children will be able to deliver their wish list to Father Christmas in person, with the man himself in a grotto by the Market Place.

St Cuthbert’s Church will be serving hot dogs and hot chocolate and the Baptist Church will be holding a Nativity Festival.

The Ancient House Museum on White Hart Street will open from 5pm – 9pm with an Edwardian Christmas themed event.

Well Street and the Market Place and Guildhall Street (between market place roundabout and the Cage Lane junction) will be closed to vehicles for the whole day although businesses will remain open.

A spokesman for the town council apologised for the closures but said they were necessary to ensure the successful running of the event.

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