IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the town centre thanks to this year’s festive illuminations.

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n Clare Wilson - “I think it looked really lovely, thoughts the lights were stunning, well done Ipswich”

n Karl Robbins - “Overpriced piece of modern art that is as close to Christmas as a summer holiday”

n Pearl Osh - “Awful, it’s an eyesore when not lit, and really doesn’t resemble a tree”

n Sarah-Jane Quick - “I say well done to all involved, it’s innovative, dramatic, pretty. And I speak as someone who can’t be bothered with Christmas at all”

Thousands of people flocked to the Cornhill yesterday to see the unveiling of the new £100,000 Christmas decorations.

Father Christmas appeared on the Town Hall balcony with Ipswich Star competition winner 13-year-old Kieran Seymour and Town 102 competition winner Freya Streatfield, both from Ipswich, to lead the countdown and press the light-up button.

Loud cheers from the crowds rang out while fireworks lit up the night sky and snowflakes drifted down.

Watching the big switch-on was Sharon Kirk, who donned fairy lights around her neck, said: “It was all absolutely beautiful.

Kieran Seymour’s extra-special Christmas

CHRISTMAS was made extra special this year for brave Kieran Seymour.

The 13-year-old took to the Town Hall balcony yesterday to officially start the Yuletide period after winning an Ipswich Star competition.

Kieran was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after a motorbike ploughed into his family while crossing London Road in 2005.

He sustained a serious head injury and badly broken legs and defied all the odds to make a remarkable recovery.

Kieran, of Shrubland Avenue, Ipswich, said: “It was incredible being up there turning the lights on and it was really Christmassy.

“I couldn’t believe how many people were there and just kept looking around taking it all in.”

“It’s fantastic and definitely got me in the festive spirit.”

While Peter and Margaret Mayhew, from Bramford, waited for granddaughter Freya to switch the lights on.

Mrs Mayhew said: “We were so thrilled that Freya got to switch them on. It was a really nice treat for her.

“The lights look wonderful and they’ve really lit up the town.”

The centre point of the decorations, which has been the subject of much speculation, was revealed in all its glory. This year’s tree has taken on a modern twist and is made up of 41 aluminium spheres, covered with more than 40,000 low energy LED lights.

The town’s entire lighting scheme, which stretches through Ipswich’s retail heart and down to the Waterfront, was funded by Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council and has more than 250,000 low energy bulbs.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said: “Sunday was an absolute success.

“We are delighted that so many people turned out to support the switch on event and it’s heartening to see the show of community spirit that was present.

“Having these new decorations, and particularly the tree, is an important part of our vision for the town - to give people additional reasons to visit and appreciate just what Ipswich has to offer.” The light switch-on was the culmination of a day of festive celebrations with live music from Funky Voices and Wattisham Military Wives Choir and a special panto from the cast of Ipswich Regent’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as well as various interactive street performers.

Borough councillor Carole Jones said: “As a town, we now need to build on the good feeling that Sunday has created and continue to shop local and support our town centre businesses during this busy festive period.

“The lights and tree both look fantastic and really brighten up Ipswich, they are well worth a special trip into town to see them.”

The lights and tree will be in place until January 5.

n What do you think of the town’s Christmas tree and lights? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk or leave your comments on the Ipswich Star Facebook page.

22 comments

  • Looks hideous. as if all the tumble weed in Ipswich has congregated in the market place. looks like a load of old shopping trolleys have been used to make it. sorry not my thing at all. why couldn't we have a proper tree.

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    mr angry

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I think they look really nice, bright, classy, different and unique... but the shops are the same, poor, dated, over priced, limited choice shops they always are surrounded by a road network which doesn't work... so I'm still shopping online for Christmas.

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I'd also like to state that I'm just 21 before anyone calls me an old fart for thinking about traditions, and I've studied art and design...That is not art.

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    emi7

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I think the tree is lovely and the lights on the town hall and lights that are hanging are very tasteful. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time and about bringing families together. I went down on Sunday and the number of families in town was lovely to see. I don't see why people are moaning over a tree. It's artistic and very pretty and i think some people just pick up on the smallest things to moan about. Its Christmas. Cheer up!

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    Chloeden92

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • The new lights are fantastic and classy and the tree is amazing. It was lovely to see what Ipswich can do, especially after last weeks disappointing Christmas fair. Well done to all concerned. Ipswich looked truly magical under the falling snow.

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    bob a job

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • "some people really need to get their heads out of the past " ... if that is truly what you think in regard to a real tree instead of a metal, plastic and LED tree then this is just proof that the commercialism of Christmas has won and the traditional Christmas is now over. If you go to any of the traditional Christmas markets (I man the german ones and the few up north, not the poor attempt that we keep making down here) you will see large, full, and beautifully decorated trees. The rest of the lights around town nobody complains about. They look good. But the one thing that is Christmas to me, and many others, is the real tree. Apparently the people in charge in Ipswich are concerned only with shiny shiny!

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    Chris Church

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • The tree is amazing,some people really need to get their heads out of the past and get with the times,my children who are 15,12 and 5 absolutely love it.And its no more of an eyesore than the hideous REAL tree we've had in the past...Well done to whoever chose it.

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    STEVEN HUBERT

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Christmas is a tradition , It has traditional values . Now the Traditional tree has gone ....What's the next tradition with Christmas to be consigned to History ???...Or should I say WINTER HOLIDAY ....Sometimes there are things that are best left as they are , despite how old they are...I hope next year they re-instate the traditional tree complete with the Evening star ..I mean Ipswich star collection box..with the schools singing on the Cornhill steps

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    ukmartian

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Ipswich is looking good! Saw the new decorations for the first time today and thought they were beautiful. Have lived here for over twenty years, and, lets be honest, the Christmas decorations usually look rubbish. I can't understand why anyone would miss the picket fence enclosed, dismally lit, shoddy looking traditional tree we usually get. I'm very pleasantly surprised that IBC have had such good taste. Super job - Ipswich has never looked prettier.

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    flowerpot

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • What an awful, awful tree. The lights are okay but the focal point just looks tacky and cheap. People are saying it's great for tourism. Yeah, all those Christmas Tree enthusiasts are flocking here in huge numbers. The only people that like it seem to be children, and people who are attracted to something merely because it's bright and shiny. It ruins the Cornhill.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • how is this "Tree" great for tourists? I dont do my shopping based on where the best looking tree is... i go to where the shopping is good, and that... is not Ipswich!

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    Vigilant_Citizen

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Tend to agree with John S, was glad to escape the crowd -we couldn't move took ages to escape from town to Lloyds Avenue. Therefore chose not to stay.

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    Heather

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I suppose all the chav`s will like it but it shouts poor taste to me and has obviously been forced on us to impress the `kill tradition` brigade.

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    Supernova6

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I took my three Children and we shopped first and returned to a wonderful view that was full of festive cheer- It was very busy and I think the Tree is superb. The sort of thing one might see in London, Ipswich dares to be different and show some class and a few noisy people moan and groan. The entertainment was great. Well done Ipswich for a great afternoon and evening.

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    Gina Frost

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • £100,000 and we couldn't afford a real Christmas Tree?! The lights around town certainly look good but I'm sorry, the one thing that you need at Christmas is a tree. Either a real one or an artificial one but it has to LOOK like a real tree. Come on Ipswich...do it right!

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    Chris Church

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Personally I think that the new tree is a masterpice of modern art, the project team who masterminded this should be given the credit they deserve.. After observing the tree it felt that finally I have seen a sign that our local government are forward thinking and are not worried about making such bold statements, and not just stuck in the past... Well done, I cant wait to see more bold examples of design over the comming months years....

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    Lois Cypher

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • STory sounds a touch glossed over to me iv heard nothing but bad things about the event... Mostly that the tree is awfull and the even was dangerous with people getting pushed and squashed everywhere...

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    John Smith

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • What a ghastly excuse for a Christmas tree, couldn't help thinking that something was missing - what? Oh yes, some roadworks which would have been in keeping with the rest of Ipswich! Tacky and not nice! I'll do my shopping somewhere else thank you!

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    Mrs.Yetti-Goose-Creature

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • There's always some people that has to have a moan, Look times are changing and stop living in the past! People that moan are just boring old farts.

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I think it's bloody disgusting that the council have in the last few years steadily been taking away buses to places like Chelmondiston and other far out areas, increasing the amount of people having to learn to drive and therefore creating more fuel pollution and harming the environment when we can apparently afford to spend this much on a few lights. I also think Christmas is the one time of year when everyone still celebrates some traditions instead of money, not always true of course, we're under pressure to buy expensive gifts...But this tree really just sums up everything that's wrong with the world.

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    emi7

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Whats all the fuss about, it' not traditional but it's a great piece of art that lifts you above all the doom and gloom of whats happening in this world of ours today, it's also good focus for tourists. At long last Ipswich has a focal point to be proud off..even if it's only there for the season of goodwill...

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    Phil Smith

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Looks OK at night lit up! But its looks aweful during the day and thats when it will be seen most

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    Buxton

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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