Calling the tune

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Spalding’s Christmas Lights Switch On took place on Sunday, organised by Jan Whitbourn on behalf of the Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to Spalding and East Elloe Classic Car Club, Boston Classic Car Club and other local enthusiasts who brought their treasured vehicles into Sheep Market; it was wonderful to see so many cars on the street at a time when most are safely tucked up in their winter quarters.

Younger members of the community were able to have their faces painted, while the adults were able to start their Christmas shopping early in the local shops and on the special Christmas market, all while enjoying the entertainment on offer.

As ever the pet show was very well supported and with two classes – Best Dressed and Behaved and Best Trick – spectators were treated to superb displays of obedient dogs.

The main stage in Hall Place saw Tulip Radio compering and broadcasting throughout the day, with entertainment from a variety of performers.

Many local schools took part in the ever popular School Choirs Competition, won by St John’s School, Spalding.

The finale saw Spalding Marching Ambassadors announce the arrival of Santa, who joined MP John Hayes and Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor to switch on Spalding’s new bigger and brighter lights, with singing from Major Dennis Hannant. The day was rounded off by carols and prayers.

All in all Sunday was a day packed with an eclectic mix of entertainers all culminating in a spectacular visual finish with lights being illuminated and fireworks to finish. Thanks to all who attended.