West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower and Santa help Thomas Patterson turn on the Christmas lights. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

Thousands of revellers braved the cold weather to see King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights switched on.

The town’s Tuesday Market Place was packed with between 2,000 and 3,000 people for the event on Sunday.

The town hosted an afternoon of festive fun which included fairy tale characters roaming the town centre.

The lights were switched on by eight-year-old Thomas Patterson, with help from West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower and stars of the Corn Exchange’s pantomime.

Mrs Bower said: “In spite of the bitter cold, people stood shoulder to shoulder in the Tuesday Market Place.

“Everyone sang along enthusiastically with the panto cast and joined Charles from KL.FM in the countdown to the switch-on with rapturous applause.”

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter manager, said: “It was a fantastic afternoon and an incredible turnout despite the chilly weather.

“We saw lots of happy families throughout the day, interacting with our entertainers and performers, plus more than 200 children made lanterns ahead of the lights being switched on.”