GALLERY: Wisbech Christmas lights switch on proves a resounding success

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams. Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
3:31 PM

More than a thousand people filled Wisbech Market Place for the town’s Christmas lights switch on yesterday.

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Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

Mayor of Wisbech Councillor Samantha Hoy turned on the lights, while Santa was on hand to chat to children and give out candy floss snowballs.

Those in attendance enjoyed fair rides and side stalls while a series of performances took place on the main stage.

Among them was a pantomime written by town councillor Steve Tierney and performed by the cast of the pantomime at the town’s Angles theatre.

Performers from Thomas Clarkson Academy and several Fenland dance schools also entertained the crowds before Soundstation brought the event to a close with a collection of Christmas carols and rock songs.

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

Even Vivien, the town’s historic fire engine, made an appearance.

Clips from famous Christmas films including Love Actually and The Grinch were shown on the big screen.

For the first time the switch on celebrations took place on a Sunday instead of a Friday night, a move which, judging by the large crowd, was a success.

Organiser Susanah Farmer, deputy town clerk, said: “We usually get a good crowd for the switch on but this year there must have been more than 1,000 people there and the good thing is they stayed around for a lot longer.

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

“In the past people would leave after the switch on but this time they remained to enjoy the wonderful entertainment.

“We’ve had good feedback and the weather was lovely. All in all, everything seemed to go pretty well.”

There were free mince pies on offer courtesy of Morrisons, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, The Co-operative and Asda.

Mulled wine was also available, with the proceeds raised going to the Mayor’s Charity.

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

Councillor Hoy said: “In my five years with the town council I would say this Christmas lights switch on was definitely the best.

“And the event raised a good sum for the Mayor’s Charity.

“The move to Sunday really helped. There were people from all different communities and of all different ages there having a good time, which was pleasing.”

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on 2013. Picture: Steve Williams.

3 comments

  • @RLR We agree about the lights. We would have liked to get some new ones this year, but the costs are more than you imagine and we try to tread very carefully with taxpayer's money. That said, the hope is precisely to have a "new lights campaign" this year and try to bring the lights up to the rest of the spectactle - though you must admit the ones along the river look nice? Please do think about coming and joining the Town Council Festivals Committee and pitching in with us! All welcome. Give the Deputy Clerk a call and volunteer!

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    Steve Tierney

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Nice article - but don't forget Angie and the team from TinFish who put a great deal of time and money into the event. The Mayor was great fun and even took part in the panto enthusiastically. It was a brilliant team effort and the Wisbech crowd was absolutely fantastic. This was our town at its best. Thanks everyone!

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    Steve Tierney

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Fantastic crowds brilliant evening. Next year we might have some CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!. walked in town today what a pathetic effort,it must have cost more in labour putting them up than the few bulbs.now is the time to campaign for a Light Fund for Next year.some houses in the town have more lights than our main Market place

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    RLR

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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