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PHOTOS: Driffield Christmas lights switch-on

Crowds of people packed into Driffield town centre for some festive fun when the town was illuminated with the dazzling Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The big switch-on marked the start of seasonal celebrations in the town.

Families came out to watch Driffield Mayor Cllr Mark Blakeston switch on the lights, ably assisted by his grandchildren, while Father Christmas spent the evening in his grotto at 43 Market Place, where children visited with their list of Christmas wishes.

Great Driffield Radio hosted the event and kept the crowds entertained with everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes.

Shops and businesses stayed open and welcomed shoppers with a few festive treats and special activities.

Illuminated tractors lit up the dark December evening, while street entertainers kept the youngsters amused, and a snow machine on George Street created a winter wonderland scene.

Members of Driffield Youth Action dressed up in festive costumes for fun at the newly installed parklet and Christmas craft sessions were run by The Creation Station on Middle Street South.

Cllr Blakeston said he thought the town looked fantastic and the evening went really well.

He said: “We started the evening by going to the Tack Shed, where we met Patch in the fantastic display they created for the evening.

“We then worked our way up going into every shop that was open and thanked them for staying open and later in the evening I popped back into a few of them and they seemed really happy with how the night had gone and I was really pleased with how many had made a special effort.

“Our intention this year was to support the independent shops and businesses with our event, which worked very well.

“A brilliant crowd turned out to for the switch-on and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I think the town looks fantastic.”

On Sunday, shoppers braved the cold and wintry conditions to browse the stalls at the Christmas Artisan Market, which was run by Little Bird Market.

A range of stalls gave shoppers the opportunity to stock up on Christmas gifts and goodies and visitors were also able to enjoy street entertainment and there was a chance to meet Father Christmas again at his grotto.

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