Sheringham Christmas lights switch on spectacular

Decorated shops lit with festive cheer graced the high street and for the first year extended to the promenade and created a colourful reflection in the sea. Sheringham town crier Tony Nelson opened the proceedings in grand style.

Eileen and Steve Brown, 69 and 64, from West Runton, who switched on the lights, were members of the disbanded Lobster Potties morris dancing group. The vibrant Mayor of Sheringham, Tricia Brooks was also there to deliver a wonderful speech.

The Sheringham group donated £5,000 towards the lights committee. Mr Brown said “It’s an absolute pleasure to make this donation to give something back to the Town”

The streets were filled with entertainment and carols from Sheringham Primary School children. The Sheringham Salvation Army band also contributed with a fine performance.
Mr Brown said he and his wife felt a bit shocked and embarrassed to turn on the lights.

He said: “Instead of the money just sitting there, we wanted to give something back to the town.”

The couple were joined by Sheringham town crier Tony Nelson and mayor Tricia Brooks.

Entertainment included carols from Sheringham Primary School children, music from Sheringham Salvation Army band and adults dressed up as penguins.

Switch-on co-ordinator Paul Starling, manager of Starlings Toy-master in Sheringham, said: “The switch-on gets better every year, it’s wonderful to see everyone in Christmas spirit and and the event keeps trade in the town.”

The event was organised by Sheringham Carnival Committee, made up of dedicated volunteers who ensured everything ran smoothly.

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