Lights to be switched on

CHRISTMAS lights will be switched on in Sudbury and Clare tomorrow night as a variety of activities take place to mark the advent of the festive season.

Long Melford Silver Band will get proceedings underway in Sudbury at around 6pm, playing a selection of Christmas carols in Old Market Place by the town’s Christmas Tree.

The Mayor of Sudbury, Tony Platt, will then switch the lights on at 6.30pm, before visitors can peruse stalls around the market area and inside St Peter’s Church.

The popular Snow Queen and Elf will also be in attendance, as will Santa’s Grotto, while mulled wine, mince pies and horse chestnuts will be available at the event, which runs until 9pm.

In Clare a torch lit parade from the parish church will begin at 5.45pm, as those taking part head towards the town’s Christmas tree in Market Hill, where the mayor of St Edmundsbury, Christopher Spicer, will be turning on the lights at 6pm.

A number of shops and cafes will be open later than normal, while coffee, mulled wine and hot dogs will be on offer.

A Christmas craft fayre will also be held at St Mary’s Church in Kersey from 7.30pm tomorrow.

Entrance is £5 and traditional carols will be sung by “Festive Notes”.

The event will also be open on Saturday from 10.30 to 4pm when it will be free to enter.