Sheringham Christmas lights switch-on attracts hundreds

The streets were filled with a sea of people for the Sheringham Christmas lights switch on. Confetti and synthetic snow floated through the autumn chill, much to the delight of onlookers.

A flock of dancing penguins were projected above the main stage to add to the magic and the familiar aroma of roasting chestnuts rekindled memories of bygone traditions we all know and love.

Santa’s grotto and a stalls selling mince pies near the town clock tower, attracted long queues of people waving illuminated jingle sticks while they waited.

Entertainment on the main stage included a sneak preview from forthcoming show The Wizard of Oz, at the Sheringham little theatre. Some fine vocals and comedy snippets indicated it will be a production not to be missed.

Music was provided by Sheringham Primary School ukulele group and 80-pupil choir. The town’s Salvation Army Band were in top form as always with a medley of Christmas carols.

Former town and district Councillor Hilary Nelson switched on the lights, which include additional displays on the North Norfolk Railway signal box and Otterndorf Green.

Carnival vice-chairman Paul Starling, who organised the event praised the volunteers who work relentlessly throughout the year to ensure it’s success.