Rio star Jessica Jane Applegate to turn on Gorleston Christmas lights this month

Gorleston high street Christmas lights switch on.November 2014. Picture: James Bass

Gorleston high street Christmas lights switch on.November 2014. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Paralympic hero Jessica Jane Applegate will kick off the festive season in Gorleston when she turns on the town’s Christmas lights.

The 20 year old who clinched two silver’s and a bronze medal in Rio this year, will spark the countdown to Christmas on November 27.

She will be joined for the switch-on by the mayor of Great Yarmouth, councillor Malcolm Bird.

The Gorleston lights switch-on is one of the most anticipated events in the town’s calender year and regularly attracts crowds of around 5,000 people.

The event requires months of tireless work by the Gorleston Traders Association (GTA) who fill the local streets with a whole range of entertainment to contribute to the Christmas cheer.

Kevin Huggins, vice chairman of the GTA said: “The evening truly heralds in the festive season and we are delighted to have Jessica Jane there to help turn the lights on after her success in Rio this year.

“There is always a really good turnout for the lights here in Gorleston, and the firework displays are always spectacular and there should be more of the same this year.”

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Ahead of the countdown, people can enjoy a host of entertainment including music, a climbing wall, rides and stalls from noon.

The successful ice rink will make its return on the crossroads near to the library, while children can meet Santa at his grotto which will once again be placed inside of Fusion.

Meanwhile outside the streets will be full of Christmas and superhero characters.

The lights switch-on will take place at 5pm, before a dazzling fireworks display at 6pm.

From 7am to 7pm a host of roads will be closed, though diversions will be put in place. The roads closed include Gorleston High Street, Baker Street, Lowestoft Road up to Sussex Road and Church Lane.

Mr Huggins said the event is a great opportunity for traders to show off what they do to both their regulars and to those who normally would not come across them.

If anyone is interested in running a stall on the day then contact Kevin Huggins via email at