Countdown to Christmas starts here

St Edmundsbury borough councillor for Clare Alaric Pugh ANL-141125-121400001
St Edmundsbury borough councillor for Clare Alaric Pugh ANL-141125-121400001

Several towns will start the countdown to Christmas this week when they switch on their Christmas lights.

Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey will be joined on stage tomorrow by 10-year-old Leigha Thistleton, who won the chance to turn on the lights after coming first in a competition.

The event will begin at 5pm, with carols by the Christmas tree before the big switch on at 6.30pm.

Throughout the evening, children will be able to take part in a circus skills workshop and enjoy fairground rides, while there will also be a number of food and drink vendors and craft stalls in St Peter’s, on Market Hill and along North Street.

The switch-on in Clare takes place tomorrow from 5.30pm, with a host of activities to entertain the family.

Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury borough councillor for Clare, has given £300 from his locality budget to help fund the cost of the event.

Mr Pugh said: “It is always a great occasion and I am delighted to support this wonderful event through my locality grant. I am very much looking forward to it.”

Halstead will hold its Christmas fair on Saturday, with the lights being switched on at the town’s public gardens in Trinity Street on Saturday at 4.30pm.

On Sunday, Peppa Pig will be the main attraction in Hadleigh as the cartoon star switches on the lights at 5.30pm.

The event in the Market Place will run from 3pm to 6pm, with a number of stalls, musical entertainment and a traditional fairground.