Photo gallery: Brandon lights up for Christmas

Town crier Mike Wabe with Lord Iveagh at the Brandon lights switch-on.

Town crier Mike Wabe with Lord Iveagh at the Brandon lights switch-on. - Credit: Archant

Record crowds turned out for a touch of seasonal festivity in Brandon this evening (Sunday) as the annual Christmas lights switch-on got underway.

This year's event incorporated a market, songs from the Brandon Carollers, rap artist Picasso, band Heathen, and a fireworks display.

The tree was donated by the nearby Elveden Estate, and Lord Iveagh joined town crier Mike Wabe on stage for the all-important countdown.

Lord Iveagh, who has switched on the lights for a number of years, said he always enjoyed the event.

'As a local businessman in the local community we're more than delighted to support the town with its tree - hopefully it's a good one.

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'It's always fantastic to be here. It's a good atmosphere and to see the town coming out is great,' he said.

Organiser Richard Crowther said this year had been bigger and better than ever.

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'Last year was the first year we did a Christmas fair and this year the momentum has just grown,' he said. Town clerk Christine Mason added: 'We're a diverse community and they're all invited and it proves we're not a long lost community - it's nice when people get together.

'It's been really positive.'

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