Sidmouth enjoys Christmas lights switch-on

SIDMOUTH got in the festive spirit as scores of people turned out to see the town’s spectacular Christmas lights switched-on on Saturday.

Youngsters enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas – who said he’d never seen so many kids – thanks to the Lions Club of Sidmouth.

The white and blue icicle and star themed display was officially switched on in Market Place by BBC television presenter Louise Hubball.

Sidmouth Traditional Mummers also provided entertainment.

Sidmouth Town Council and Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce teamed up to provide the �8,000 lights at a time when many other towns have opted to be left in festive darkness.

Town council chairman, Councillor Stuart Hughes, welcomed a bumper crowd and said: “I’m delighted Sidmouth traders still value spreading Christmas cheer at a time when other towns aren’t having lights.

“Everyone has pulled together to ensure Sidmouth offers the best Christmas shopping experience.”

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He said that, in a time of cuts, using LED lights saved money – and thanked businesses who have allowed their power supplies to be used.

“Without your support it would be impossible to have the lights,” Mr Hughes told traders.

“It bodes well for a good Christmas here in Sidmouth,” he added.

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