Southwold Christmas lights switch on spreads festive joy to young and old

Father Christmas and Southwold mayor Matthew Horwood at Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. P

Father Christmas and Southwold mayor Matthew Horwood at Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo Michael Ladd. - Credit: Archant

The festive season officially arrived in Southwold tonight with the annual Christmas lights switch on.

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd.

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd. - Credit: Archant

At 5pm a large crowd gathered in the Market Place to watch Father Christmas push the button and illuminate the seaside town from the Town Hall balcony.

Although the weather was cold the festive spirit prevailed.

Michael Ladd, chairman of the Christmas lights committee, said: 'The switch on creates such a warm and seasonal atmosphere throughout the Market Place.

'It's been a huge success. With several thousand gathered to watch – I would think this is one of the largest switch ons of the past five years.

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd.

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd. - Credit: Archant


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'It is a community event and one that Southwold does so well.'

Mr Ladd added: 'I want to give a special thank you to Adnams for sponsoring the event because without them we really wouldn't be able to do any of this.'

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Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd.

Southwold Christmas lights switch on 2017. Photo: Michael Ladd. - Credit: Archant

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