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Lowestoft is all set for its Christmas lights switch-on spectacle

PUBLISHED: 12:33 21 November 2014

Lowestoft Christmas Lights switch on in the town centre.
November 2013.

Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft Christmas Lights switch on in the town centre. November 2013. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2013

The festive spirit will be in full flow in Lowestoft tomorrow (Saturday) as the town is set to kick-start a wide range of events and entertainment for all the family with the popular Christmas lights switch-on.

Boy band, The Scheme, will be performing at the Lowestoft Chrisrtmas Lights switch-on event. Picture: SUPPLIEDBoy band, The Scheme, will be performing at the Lowestoft Chrisrtmas Lights switch-on event. Picture: SUPPLIED

Lowestoft Vision has been preparing for the festivities, which begin with tomorrow’s traditional Christmas lights switch-on.

The Beach roadshow will be live from outside BHS and next to the town’s Christmas tree – sponsored by Specsavers – from 3pm, featuring live performances from boy band The Scheme, before the lights are switched on at 5pm.

Free parking, which is being provided in partnership with Waveney District Council, is also available in town centre car parks from 3pm. Lowestoft Craft Ladies will be based in the Britten Centre for a special Christmas craft fair.

Late night shopping starts in the town on Thursday and will continue on Thursdays until December 18. There will be free parking in the town on these days from 2pm, with a wide range of shops open until 8pm.

There will also be entertainment during late night shopping evenings, with choirs and brass bands performing traditional carols.

On December 4 the Christmas Penguins will be in the town centre, with a giant inflatable snow globe making an appearance on December 11 and 18.

Shoppers to the town on Saturday, December 6 can enjoy the sounds of Christmas, with performances from the Salvation Army Band and the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums.

And then on December 13, the town will come together for Snow White’s fairytale Christmas Parade, starting at 12.15pm from Station Square.

The final Saturday before Christmas sees a live performance of the Christmas Nativity by Christ Church from 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Santa will also be at his special Christmas Grotto located outside the Marina Theatre for every late night shopping event from 5pm to 7.30pm.

■ Send your pictures from Christmas lights switch-ons in Lowestoft and elsewhere to andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

FANCY A KISS UNDERNEATH THE MISTLETOE?

A kiss underneath the mistletoe is the festive wish being granted by a boy band who are set to take the stage at tomorrow’s lights switch-on in Lowestoft town centre.

Members of The Scheme (pictured) are promising a real Christmas cracker – to give festive mistletoe kisses to 10 lucky girls during their live performance on Saturday.

This week the band – consisting of Kris, Kyle and Billy – released their debut single, Sick of You, and are attracting lots of admiring glances.

With an impressive list of celebrity fans and almost 400,000 YouTube hits for the track, Somebody Else’s Perfect,

The Scheme have hit the spotlight.

Formed after long-term friends, Billy, from Basingstoke, and Kris, from Liverpool, formed an instant bond with Orlando-born Kyle during a chance meeting in the recording studio, the trio have not looked back.

They based themselves in Berlin to begin songwriting and very quickly their entire album had been written. The Scheme’s debut single, was released on Monday through West4 Music. And tomorrow The Scheme plan to shine at the Christmas lights switch-on event in Lowestoft.

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