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Beccles illuminated with festive cheer at Christmas lights switch on

PUBLISHED: 20:30 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 20:30 24 November 2017

Faris Nelson and Flo Cook enjoying the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.

Picture: Nick Butcher

Faris Nelson and Flo Cook enjoying the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The festive season kicked off in style as hundreds gathered in the centre of Beccles to celebrate the Christmas lights switch on.

Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherBeccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

Congregating in front of the main stage the large crowd were showered with fake snow as Dave Taylor from Heart Radio took charge of proceedings.

The honour of turning on the lights fell to the cast of this year’s Beccles pantomime Robin Hood and reigning mayor Richard Stubbings.

Mr Stubbings said: “It’s great to see so many people in the town and see it all so vibrant.

“There is a lovely atmosphere with all the parents and children milling around.

BellaTonic sing entertain at the Beccles Christmas light switch-on.BellaTonic sing entertain at the Beccles Christmas light switch-on.

“It’s so nice to see the town buzzing. The switch on is a real attraction for Beccles and one that we can build on.”

The switch on also signals the launch of the Beccles Christmas Tree Trail, which will run until December 23. This year 63 businesses will be displaying decorated trees around the town as part of the trail.

The doors also opened to the Christmas Tree Festival at Hungate Church, which will run until Sunday.

Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherBeccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Suffolk school of Samba at the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe Suffolk school of Samba at the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of people gather for the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of people gather for the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherHundreds of people gather for the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherHungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherHungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherHungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Suffolk school of Samba at the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe Suffolk school of Samba at the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherHungate Church Christmas Tree Festival 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherBeccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

Beccles Town Mayor Richard Stubbings presents the awards for the best dressed window.
Picture: Nick ButcherBeccles Town Mayor Richard Stubbings presents the awards for the best dressed window. Picture: Nick Butcher

Robin Hood panto cast members help with the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on.
Picture: Nick ButcherRobin Hood panto cast members help with the Beccles Christmas 2017 festive light switch-on. Picture: Nick Butcher

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