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Bungay gears up for switch on

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 07:46 01 August 2010

BUNGAY'S Christmas lights will be officially switched on Thursday during the third annual Starlight evening.

The fun kicks off at 6pm, where a parade of lantern lights held by the town reeve, mayor, town crier and other invited guests will leave the Community Centre.

BUNGAY'S Christmas lights will be officially switched on Thursday during the third annual Starlight evening.

The fun kicks off at 6pm, where a parade of lantern lights held by the town reeve, mayor, town crier and other invited guests will leave the Community Centre.

They will be joined by a 1911 vintage car, owned and driven by James Hartup who will be carrying the Christmas card competition winner, who will be announced just before they set off.

All entrants this year need to be at the Community Centre at 5.45pm, to hear if they are the lucky individual.

Following behind them will be a pink Rolls Royce, the Norwich Samba Band, all other card competition entrants, shop owners, people dressed as famous characters, the Fisher Theatre pantomime characters, the Beach Bunny and Santa in his sleigh.

They will progress down to the post office on Earsham Street and back towards the Buttercross where they will be met by Beach Radio for the countdown to light switch on, which will be done by the winning car designer.

All entrants designs will be displayed in Short Sir-cut's window on Cross Street.

This years card, made by Bonnie Birch, a pupil at Ellingham Primary School is now available at Alex's Fruit and Veg, Tops Hairstylists, The Toy and Gift Emporium, Lodge Cordell, The Chocolate box and Emma's Hair-dresser's in Gillingham.

Shops will be open late for people to browse and make seasonal purchases and some will offer treats in keeping with the evening.

Providing entertainment are the Bungay Rotary Club with their now famous human fruit machine on the Angel Car-park, the Bungay Lion's will be helping Santa, who will be located in the Kings Head foyer and the climbing wall will be available in the Fleece car park.

John Groom Catering, Chilli from Say Cheese and The Flying Chef will be providing food and candy floss will also be on sale for the children.

The evening has been organised by the Starlight events committee, made up of chairman Suzanne Warren of Short Sir-cut, Mary Seamons and Toby Bardwell of the Toy and Gift Emporium and Lisa Garrod of Tops Hairstylists.

The event ends at 8.30pm.

CAPTION: A scene from last year's Bungay Starlight Evening

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