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Southwold ready for festive lights switch-on event

PUBLISHED: 09:40 27 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 November 2015

Southwold Christmas lighst switch on 2014.

Southwold Christmas lighst switch on 2014.

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Christmas officially begins in Southwold this weekend as the town's festive lights are turned on.

The event takes place at an earlier time this year and has reverted back to a Saturday.

Sue Allen, chairman of the Christmas light committee, said the whole committee puts a lot of work into the switch-on.

“To anyone who hasn’t been before, I would say come along and enjoy yourselves.”

The Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums will begin tomorrow (November 28) afternoon’s entertainment at 2.30pm.

They will be followed by The Sole Bay Singers, Blyth Valley Community Radio, Tubular Swing Band and the Wrentham Band.

Father Christmas will be led up the High Street by the Leiston British Legion Band to meet town mayor Melanie Tucker at the Town Hall by 4.50pm so that he can switch the lights on at 5pm followed by carol singing accompanied by the Wrentham Band.

There will be two reindeer outside the United Reformed Church on the High Street tomorrow from 2.30-7pm and on Sunday from 2-4pm.

The High Street road closure will be from 12pm to enable the police and stewards the clear the traffic.

As the event is largely for families and young children, organisers said that an earlier time was more appropriate.

The change has been agreed with Adnams, the main sponsor, the Chamber of Trade and the town council.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto at The Crown yard from 5.30-6.30pm and also the following three Saturdays from 2-4pm.

■ Do you have a story about Southwold? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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