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Felixstowe lights up for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 18:27 03 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

THOUSANDS of people lined the streets in the centre of Felixstowe on Saturday evening to watch the switch-on of the town's Christmas lights.

Before the big turn-on, hundreds of children carrying homemade lanterns paraded along Hamilton Road in a candlelight procession.

THOUSANDS of people lined the streets in the centre of Felixstowe on Saturday evening to watch the switch-on of the town's Christmas lights.

Before the big turn-on, hundreds of children carrying homemade lanterns paraded along Hamilton Road in a candlelight procession. Fire-eaters, men on stilts and majorettes, joined them.

Accompanied by the Salvation Army band, the town came together to sing carols such as In The Bleak Midwinter and The First Noel, with 30 young children accompanying the band on stage.

At 5pm, Mayor of Felixstowe, Harry Dangerfield together with his wife Pam took to the stage for the switch-on.

He thanked the Evening Star for providing the Christmas tree, Lions Club organiser John Merrett and David Hedges, the lighting director of the Lions Club

This is the 23rd year the Lions have organised the Yuletide lights in the town. This year's display consists of more than 150 garlands of lights and more than 1,000 man hours were spent putting the display together.

Mr Dangerfield said: "The lighting scheme is an added attraction to people who come to Felixstowe."

Assisted by Bertha Potter, 82, and school children Nathaniel Wilding and Charlotte Dessaur, the Mayor pushed the plunger to illuminate the town.

There are two new displays this year with a display in a tree near the Library and a another in the grounds of the Bartlet Hospital.

All the money raised this year in a street collection will go to three charities – the Sea Scouts, the Lions Club and the Felixstowe Home for the Blind.


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