Thousands enjoy the switch on of the Christmas lights in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 15:09 28 November 2019

The stilt walkers, The Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON  PHOTO

The stilt walkers, The Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON PHOTO

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A crowd of over 2,000 people filled the market square, and the streets beyond, for the switching on of Saffron Walden's Christmas lights on Sunday, November 24.

The stilt walkers, the Snow  King and Queen. SAFFRON  PHOTOThe stilt walkers, the Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON PHOTO

A crowd of over 2,000 people filled the market square, and the streets beyond, for the switching on of Saffron Walden's Christmas lights on Sunday, November 24.

The musical entertainment included The Hooligans with traditional Irish folk music, Playing for Keeps and Coverman.

During the late afternoon, there was a lantern parade led by Santa and his elves with the town mayor, Councillor Arthur Coote with the rock choir.

They set off from the town's Baptist Church on the high street, through King Street to the Market Square.

The stilt walkers, the Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON  PHOTOThe stilt walkers, the Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON PHOTO

People who took part had learned how to make the lanterns at a workshop.

Youngsters were able to meet the Snow King and Queen stilt walkers, walking above the heads of the families and children.

There was also a preview glimpse of this year's pantomine at Saffron Walden Town Hall, which will be Peter Pan presented by Saffron Players from January 10-18.

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Faces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON  PHOTOFaces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Faces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON  PHOTOFaces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Faces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON  PHOTOFaces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Faces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON  PHOTOFaces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Father Christmas joined the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote to switch on the Christmas lights. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOFather Christmas joined the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote to switch on the Christmas lights. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The celebrations included a lantern parade. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe celebrations included a lantern parade. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Meeting the Snow King and Queen. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOMeeting the Snow King and Queen. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The crowds filled the streets. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe crowds filled the streets. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The big switch-on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe big switch-on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The big switch-on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe big switch-on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Lantern Parade. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town HallThe cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town Hall

The cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town HallThe cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town Hall

The cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town HallThe cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town Hall

The cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town HallThe cast of Peter Pan at Saffron Walden Town Hall

Naeve Halligan from The Hooligans. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTONaeve Halligan from The Hooligans. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe lights were turned on by the mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Arthur Coote and Father Christmas. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The stilt walkers, the Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON  PHOTOThe stilt walkers, the Snow King and Queen. SAFFRON PHOTO

Faces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON  PHOTOFaces in the crowd at the lights switch on. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The crowds filled the streets. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe crowds filled the streets. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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