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Leiston Christmas fair and lights switch-on has ‘kick-started’ festive season

PUBLISHED: 14:17 04 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 04 December 2016

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Pic: Seana Hughes.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Pic: Seana Hughes.

The first Christmas lights switch-on event in Leiston’s high street for “a number of years” has been celebrated by organisers.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Pic: Seana Hughes. Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Pic: Seana Hughes.

Hundreds of people wrapped up in their winter woollies to enjoy a day of festivities in the town on Saturday.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Kaylin Heath is photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes. Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Kaylin Heath is photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes.

A Christmas parade marked the beginning of the day, starting in the Sizewell Road car park and finishing in the Long Shop Museum in Main Street.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Yungyo Chung is photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes. Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Yungyo Chung is photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes.

An afternoon Christmas fair then took place at the museum, with various stallholders selling festive bargains.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Lily and Matilda King are photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes. Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Lily and Matilda King are photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes.

There was late-night shopping in the High Street between 4pm and 7pm, with the Christmas lights switch-on taking place at 5.30pm.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Toby Salkeld with the llamas is photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes. Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Toby Salkeld with the llamas is photographed. Pic: Seana Hughes.

Selena Levermore, a member of Leiston and District Community Partnership, which organised the event, said she was “really pleased” with their success.

Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Keiron Harrison with his handmade lantern. Pic: Seana Hughes. Leiston Christmas event on Saturday. Keiron Harrison with his handmade lantern. Pic: Seana Hughes.

She said: “It was the first one we have had in the High Street for a number of years and we have had brilliant feedback.

“There was a good turn-out and lots of people at the Christmas fair. It has hopefully kick-started Christmas in Leiston, which was the aim. We were lucky with the weather, and people kept themselves warm with mince pies and mulled wine.

“We also had children from local choirs and schools singing carols, and lots of other children with their families, which was really nice to see.”

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