Festive lights are going up in Downham Market.

Volunteers are determined a West Norfolk town will still be lit up for Christmas despite the pandemic restrictions.

While no public event is set to take place this year, volunteers at Downham Market want to spread some festive cheer during these unprecedented times.

Volunteers started to install the lights around the town from the end of October and a traditional switch-on ceremony was planned for Sunday, November 29.

No date has yet been set for the switch-on, which would normally see crowds enjoying stalls, rides and entertainment at the market place.

Volunteers have said the lights will still go on and have asked for help with the cost of lighting up the town.

Maureen Hibling, secretary of Downham Market Christmas Lights Limited, said: “Although none of us are traders in the town, we know how much cheer the lights give to our town centre in the run up to Christmas and feel that this is essential, especially in this difficult and strange time.

“All the lights are supplied, maintained, and erected by the team of volunteers working as a not-for-profit limited company. 

“Following maintenance work during the year, the erection work is carried out on Sundays when the streets are less busy and we are grateful for the continued assistance in this task of Holly Landscapes, for their labour and equipment.

“In previous years we have received a grant of £1,000 from Downham Market Town Council together with a small surplus from the lighting up ceremony. 

“Regrettably, we have been advised that there will be no grant funds forthcoming this year, (due to Covid expenditure) and obviously it will not be possible to hold a large gathering in the present circumstances.”

Residents and businesses able to help the volunteers continue to light up the town have been asked to get in touch via the Facebook page Downham Market Christmas Lights LTD or email: info@downhammarketchristmaslightsltd.co.uk 

People will be able to watch the switch-on live on the Facebook page and also via JR Light and Sound page, a local business also supporting the town’s  lights.

• In announcing the cancellation of a public switch-on, Downham Market Town Council has said on its website plans are afoot for a “different type of Christmas extravaganza”.