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Funfair, carnival and river parade is all part of the fun at Sandwich Christmas lights switch-on

Community heroes will set off Sandwich’s Christmas lights tonight.

Charged with the task are Carol Philpott and Lisa Farnes, founders of the Sandwich Nostalgic and History Group, and Bob and Sheila Paige, whose annual wildlife calendar raises over £1,000 annually for Age Concern.

Lights around the town will glow after the 7pm switch-on Picture: Tony Flashman
Lights around the town will glow after the 7pm switch-on Picture: Tony Flashman

It is at 7pm at Guildhall Forecourt, followed at 9.30pm by Crazyboaters’ parade of illuminated vessels along the River Stour.

But the excitement starts much earlier in the day.

From 10am there will be hot food and drink stalls plus a funfair behind the Guildhall.

Live music starts at 1.30pm with a performance from Martin Farbrother and Hollie Firmin, followed by the Bettesteiner Footstompers at 4pm and Ozzie and the Uglies at 5pm.

At 6pm, a parade will commence through the streets starting from the back of the Guildhall.

Sheila and Bob Paige who raised money for Age Concern in Sandwich via sales of their wildlife calendar will switch on Sandwich's lights
Sheila and Bob Paige who raised money for Age Concern in Sandwich via sales of their wildlife calendar will switch on Sandwich's lights
Carol Philpott and Lisa Farnes, founders of the Sandwich Nostalgic and History Group have been chosen to switch on the lights
Carol Philpott and Lisa Farnes, founders of the Sandwich Nostalgic and History Group have been chosen to switch on the lights

It features carnival courts from around the coast and the Bloco Foggo Samba Band.

To find out more go to ‘Sandwich Community Lights’ on Facebook.

Send us your pictures from the event to mercurynews@thekmgroup.co.uk

Hundreds will gather for the Christmas lights switch-on in Sandwich Picture: Tony Flashman
Hundreds will gather for the Christmas lights switch-on in Sandwich Picture: Tony Flashman

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