'Best switch-on event ever' - Gorleston's spectacular Christmas lights switch-on
PUBLISHED: 13:01 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:17 27 November 2018
A “magnificent day”.
That was the reaction of organisers of a popular Christmas lights switch-on, after “record crowds” descended on Gorleston.
More than 5,000 people turned out for the festivities which included shopping at the Christmas stalls, skating and entertainment from last year’s X Factor contestants Leon and Alex Mallett from Lingwood.
The pair sang on the stage near The Feathers in the High Street to the delight of the crowds.
Organiser Kevin Huggins, of Fusion Hair and Beauty Consultants, said: “It was a magnificent day attended by record crowds and the weather was good.
“With more rides and attractions than ever this was Gorleston’s best switch-on event ever.”
Mayor of Great Yarmouth Mary Coleman and Norfolk celebrity chef Galton Blackiston had the honours of turning the lights on.
The switch-on was followed by The Glamrockers and fireworks which were launched from the roof of the cinema at 6pm.
Father Christmas, in his grotto at the Fusion Hair Consultants studio, proved to be a popular hit with visitors and saw record attendances throughout the day.
The event was run by the Gorleston Traders Association, supported by funding from the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.