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Finishing touches to Felixstowe lights

PUBLISHED: 23:13 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

FINISHING touches will be made this weekend to the Christmas lights display in Felixstowe - ready for the big switch on!

The resort's shopping centre will be transformed into a festive fairyland on Saturday, December 1, when mayor Harry Dangerfield flicks the switch to illuminate the thousands of bulbs put up by Felixstowe Lions Club.

FINISHING touches will be made this weekend to the Christmas lights display in Felixstowe – ready for the big switch on!

The resort's shopping centre will be transformed into a festive fairyland on Saturday, December 1, when mayor Harry Dangerfield flicks the switch to illuminate the thousands of bulbs put up by Felixstowe Lions Club.

It will be the 24th year the club has provided the display, which is designed to bring some seasonal cheer to the town and attract people to come and see the lights and do their Christmas shopping.

The Evening Star is once again proud to be involved with the celebrations and is sponsoring the tree, the centrepiece of the display on The Triangle in Hamilton Road.

Lions' publicity officer Maurice Dixon said: "We are really pleased with the tree this year – it is a super specimen.

"It is bigger than in previous years, a bit more height, and I think it will look lovely when it is all lit up."

Local traders contribute to the cost of putting up the 2,400-plus bulbs, strings and garlands which stretch from the top of Hamilton Road to Bent Hill and into Orwell Road, while the town council foots the electricity bill.

On December 1, there will be a packed afternoon of family entertainment and Hamilton Road will be sealed off to traffic between York Road and Cobbold Road, and Boots and Bank Corner.

Events begin at 2pm with the Cavendish Community Church Band and then at 2.30pm the Technotronics Majorettes will give a display. The Colneis Junior School choir will be on stage at 3pm and the Langer Road Primary School choir at 3.30pm, while at the same time the Technotronics give a second display, but this time outside Woolworth.

At 4pm, the Dreamworks Academy will perform, and at 4.30pm the Felixstowe Salvation Army will lead community carol singing.

This year a new event will be a candle-light procession at 4.30pm from Bank Corner through the pedestrianised area to The Triangle. The lights will be switched on at 5pm.

Santa Claus will be in his grotto, and the there will be a grand draw featuring 32 prizes with the proceeds going to charities supported by the Lions.

The lights have been extended this year – with a special treat for patients of the Bartlet Hospital.

The Lions, thanks to cash help from Edwin Underwood and the Felixstowe Rotary Club, are putting an illuminated carriage and horses in the grounds on the seaward side of the hospital on Bath Hill.

"It will probably be visible from the prom, which will be nice for people using the seafront, but it is really for the patients of the hospital to see and enjoy as they look out of the windows overlooking the sea," said Mr Dixon.

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