Search

Christmas comes to Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 11:29 16 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

YOUR dazzling Evening Star was again the high-light of Yuletide festivities as thousands of people from across Suffolk gathered to see the big switch-on of the Christmas lights in Ipswich.

YOUR dazzling Evening Star was again the high-light of Yuletide festivities as thousands of people from across Suffolk gathered to see the big switch-on of the Christmas lights in Ipswich.

Onlookers gasped as The Evening Star tree festooned with lights came alive yesterday evening.

The big switch on, which included street lights across the town, was transmitted live by BBC Look East and the ceremony was also enjoyed by hundreds of people crammed into the Corn Exchange for the event.

The tree, which is sponsored in association with British Gas, stands testament to the spirit of community celebration that envelops the town at Christmas and was this year cut from Rendlesham Forest and secured in place by family-run regional business Target Animations.

The fun-packed event went live on BBC Radio Suffolk from 6pm with presenter Mark Murphy as compere. He introduced Look East weathergirl Julie Reinger, who had her first experience of helping to officially switch on the dazzling display.

She was joined on stage by Ipswich mayor Maureen Carrington-Brown and her nine-year-old nephew George Roberts, a pupil at Stoke Middle School. Pudsey the Children in Need bear, Ipswich Town mascots Bluey and Crazy Horse and Blues player Fabian Wilnis.

Mr Murphy said: "It was fantastic. I am an Ipswich boy and to be involved in this is the stuff of dreams."

After the lights were switched on the crowd were treated to a performance by Heidi Dolan and Vicky Foster, who make up the duo Infinity, winners of the BBC Radio Suffolk's search for a Star competition, while Pudsey, Bluey and Crazy dished out sweets and other goodies.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ipswich Star