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Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on brought ‘strong’ community together

PUBLISHED: 14:35 04 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:35 04 December 2016

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Kelly McKee with Niamh and Madison. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Kelly McKee with Niamh and Madison. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

The “strong” sense of community in Saxmundham was on full display during the annual Christmas lights switch-on event on Saturday, organisers have said.

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Violet Rayner. Pic: Seanna Hughes.Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Violet Rayner. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

A Christmas Tree festival, lantern procession, market, Santa’s grotto and the eagerly-anticipated Christmas lights switch-on outside Market Hall in the High Street were enjoyed by hundreds of people keen to get in the festive mood.

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Florence and Felicity Challis. Pic: Seanna Hughes.Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Florence and Felicity Challis. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

The event was organised by the Businesses of Saxmundham (BOS).

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Rose and Alfred Cuthbert. Pic: Seanna Hughes.Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Rose and Alfred Cuthbert. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

“It engenders a really strong sense of community spirit which enables people to meet new people at a time when we should all be reflecting and thinking of others, and making sure families are happy and safe,” said chairman Peter Ewart.

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Keith and Millie Cartwright-Jones. Pic: Seanna Hughes.Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Keith and Millie Cartwright-Jones. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

“There was a really good attendance throughout the whole day, especially the Santa’s grotto, and everything went to plan.

Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Sheila Ellis and Karon Messing. Pic: Seanna Hughes.Saxmundham Christmas lights switch-on event. Pictured is Sheila Ellis and Karon Messing. Pic: Seanna Hughes.

“All different parts of the community came together and it was very much a fun event for the whole family which built upon the success of last year.”

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