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Word on the Street: What did you think of the Ipswich Christmas lights switch-on?

PUBLISHED: 17:03 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:22 20 November 2017

Ipswich's traditional Christmas tree in its full glory. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Ipswich's traditional Christmas tree in its full glory. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT


The Christmas lights in Ipswich were switched on last night, November 16 - we asked people in the town what they thought of the switch-on.

Hundreds got into the festive spirit last night in Ipswich as they watched the Christmas lights go on.

The huge crowds surrounded the Cornhill to see Mayor Sarah Barber hit the big red button to light up the town.

However, the evening didn’t go as smoothly as planned, with the lights on the Corn Exchange failing to light up at the end of the big countdown.

The new traditional tree, which replaced the controversial white ‘bauble tree’, was a big hit with the crowd.

Robert Needs, from Melton, who was watching the lights switch-on with his wife Emma and children Amber, six and Frazier, four, said he was pleased to see the real tree in place.

“It is certainly nice to see it back,” he said, “a lot of people have been calling for that.

“I think the bauble tree fits in at the Waterfront more because it is a more modern setting.

“To have a proper tree just makes people feel like it is Christmas.”

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