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Hadleigh Christmas lights switched on

PUBLISHED: 17:42 01 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK town was able to say "Let there be light" last night and - despite a last minute scramble to find an available powerpoint – there was!

Hadleigh's Christmas lights flickered into life after a last minute "hiccough" raised the gloomy prospect of the switching on being rather a turn-off when townsfolk were unable to find a suitable plug-in point.

A SUFFOLK town was able to say "Let there be light" last night and - despite a last minute scramble to find an available powerpoint – there was!

Hadleigh's Christmas lights flickered into life after a last minute "hiccough" raised the gloomy prospect of the switching on being rather a turn-off when townsfolk were unable to find a suitable plug-in point.

But to the delight of the dozens who had come to see the town's Christmas tree bathed in seasonal illuminations the event went ahead.

Martin Freeth and the town's mayor Jan Byrne flicked the switch in the Market Place as the Christmas tree lights blazed into glory – and they will continue to do so until January 5.

Father Christmas was on hand to greet children as the distinctly Dickensian Hadleigh Society, complete in top hats, roasted chesnuts on an open … barbeque!

Shoppers browsed stalls selling cakes and gifts in aid of various charities and musical groups, including the Elmsett Fellowship Brass Band, the Hadleigh Salvation Army and the town's choral society entertained them with Christmas carols. The Hadleigh Comets also gave a display of their majorette skills.


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