Crowds at the lights switch-on. Pictures: Paul Tibbs.

Despite the rain and wind, thousands flocked to the Downham Market lights switch-on at
the weekend.

Crowds enjoyed the first festive atmosphere and enjoyed a busy afternoon in the market place and town square on Sunday.

Children from the Nelson Academy and Hillcrest Primary School sung as people browsed the many stalls and attractions.

And two youngsters who won the Halloween fancy dress competition, Veritie Walton-Woods and Jack Dunbavine, flicked the switch to turn the Christmas lights on.

Town mayor, John Fox, said the annual event was just as busy this year, despite the weather.

“I was at the town hall and needed to get to the stage, but I had to go to Bridge Street right around the crowd,” he said.

“It went really well and the Minion was a great attraction. There was a really good friendly  atmosphere.

“And, despite the damp weather, the lights looked brilliant,” he added.

Earlier on in the day, around 50 people took part in the town’s  fifth Santa Fun Run.

Charlie Pyatt, who organised the run, said it raised £313.10 for the Downham Market Dementia Fund.

“I was very pleased with the amount of people who took part.

I think the youngest was around five years-old and there two women in their 80s.

“People came from all over for the run,” he said.