Thousands pack in the city centre as Ely heralds the start of the festive season with the turning on of the Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 11:21 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 December 2018

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

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The countdown began mid afternoon and the crowds grew larger as Ely officials turned on its Christmas lights on Friday evening.

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

Thousands packed the city centre to enjoy the beginning of the festive period.

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSEThe Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE The Ely Lights are on! Thousands turned out on Friday evening to herald the start of Christmas in the city. The Market Place was packed, Picture: M ROUSE

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