An inspirational West Norfolk youngster said she is “very excited” to be switching on King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights.
Ten-year-old Daisy Mason, of East Winch, will push the button to get the town all lit up for Christmas on Sunday at 5pm.
The Gaywood Primary School pupil will join West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey and council leader Stuart Dark on stage in the Tuesday Market Place for the switch-on ceremony.
“I am very excited and I am going in the mayor’s car. I asked mummy if it had any disco lights in it and she said no,” said Daisy.
“I hope the button is not too stiff for me to push. I think it’s going to be magical because I am going to Lapland UK after.”
Lucy Mason said her daughter was really looking forward to the switch-on.
“She feels so lucky to have been chosen to switch on the Christmas lights this year and it’s just another achievement to add to her already extensive list.
“Daisy is following in the footsteps of her grandmother who turned on King’s Lynn Christmas lights in 1972 as Miss Chamber of Trade.”
In May, the brave youngster underwent Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), a surgical procedure which aims to reduce spasticity in the lower limbs.
The five-hour operation was carried out at Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
Mrs Mason said: “Daisy continues to work hard every day and is getting stronger and stronger so it is so nice for her to be rewarded along the way. Who knows what next year will bring?”
Daisy was born 12 weeks early and diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy at nine months.
But she has not let anything stop her from completing a series of amazing fundraising achievements.
Daisy completed the 1.2-mile Mini GEAR in Lynn in August just three months after her SDR surgery and previously she has reached the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales and has taken part in a triathlon.
Mr Dark said: “I helped start the delayed King’s Lynn GEAR event in August and while I was really pleased to see everyone meeting up, running together and having fun after so many months, I was deeply moved to see Daisy set off and return across the finishing line winning her personal race.
“I knew then that she would be the perfect person to switch on our King’s Lynn Christmas lights this year, as a fantastic example of the spirit and resilience our great West Norfolk young people have shown throughout the pandemic. I hope those attending get behind her and give her a huge, much-deserved cheer.”
Sunday’s festive fun starts in the Tuesday Market Place at 2pm, with school carol singing and family games on stage.
Boogie Monsters, the UK’s multi-award-winning pop and rock band for families, return to the stage following a successful performance in the summer.
A Christmas lantern parade will start at Stories of Lynn, in the Saturday Market Place, and end in the Tuesday Market Place. Three-piece band Bear Club will be performing party and festive songs.
Mr Humphrey said: “I would like the mayoral car to pick Daisy and her family up from home and bring them to the town hall to meet the leader and I before we all head over to the Tuesday Market Place.
“This afternoon of free family entertainment should get everyone in the Christmas spirit, and highlight what our town has to offer.”
A council spokesman said the switch-on event is part of a range of events and activities, held since July, to encourage people back into the town centre and made possible by the Welcome Back funding given to the council by the government and the European Regional Development Fund.