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Diss panto stars to add seasonal comic touch to Christmas lights turn-on

PUBLISHED: 10:32 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 20 November 2018

Santa, panto stars and the Town Mayor will help switch on the christmas lights in Diss. Picture: Lucy Kayne

Santa, panto stars and the Town Mayor will help switch on the christmas lights in Diss. Picture: Lucy Kayne

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A festive atmosphere is guaranteed and the cast of Diss’ own pantomime will be on hand to help push the on-button at the switching-on of the town Christmas lights.

Santa will again ride in style on this old school fire engine at the Diss christmas light switch-on. Picture: Lucy KayneSanta will again ride in style on this old school fire engine at the Diss christmas light switch-on. Picture: Lucy Kayne

Diss Corn Hall’s panto cast from Dick Whittington will mingle with the crowd before adding a comic touch to the big festive switch-on on November 24 before they help illuminate the Christmas lights with the Town Mayor and Parky the Bear.

The grand lights switch-on in the Market Place at 5pm will culminate a day of Christmas shopping and entertainment starting from 2.30pm.

You cannot fail to be put into the festive mood and be entertained with a fantastic programme of activities planned. There will also a great selection of live music performers with Joe Aiken, Kayleigh Band, ABBA tribute band and carol singing from local school children to get you in the seasonal spirit.

Crowds will get into the festive spirit with shopping, entertainment and food at Diss christmas light switch-on. Photo: Lucy KayneCrowds will get into the festive spirit with shopping, entertainment and food at Diss christmas light switch-on. Photo: Lucy Kayne

Everyone’s friendly magician Ali Shazan will be taking to the stage to work his magic on us all.

There will be lots to eat and drink with plenty of seasonal refreshments; from German chocolates and delicious doughnuts to hog roasts, German sausages and even a special fish finger sandwich.

Diss radio station ‘Park Radio’ will be hosting the event and playing the festive tunes.

Carollers on the stage and will fill the streets with festive cheer at the christmas light switch-on in Diss. Picture: Lucy KayneCarollers on the stage and will fill the streets with festive cheer at the christmas light switch-on in Diss. Picture: Lucy Kayne

The brightly lit Vintage Fire Engine from Bressingham Stream Museum will deliver Father Christmas along Mere Street to the Diss Market Place for the 5pm switch-on. Santa will then be keen to meet the children from his sleigh.

Meanwhile details have been unveiled ahead of the Harleston Christmas Market and lights switch-on taking place on December 1.

Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime star Ben Langley always adds a comic touch to a big festive switch-on and after doing the honours in previous years in Diss he will this year be helping switch on the Christmas Lights in Harleston.

Comedy performer and panto star Ben Langley, who lives in Shimpling, will turn on the Christmas lights in Harleston. Picture: Sonya DuncanComedy performer and panto star Ben Langley, who lives in Shimpling, will turn on the Christmas lights in Harleston. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Norfolk-based family entertainer Ben Langley, who lives in Shimpling, gained national recognition earlier this year when he wowed millions of TV viewers on Britain’s Got Talent.

The event will also include Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas Bazaar, children’s rides and other entertainments, including a fabulous Snow Globe, community performers, and the East of England Brass Band with lots of seasonal tunes.

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