Oh what a night – the Christmas lights are on

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Newly crowned Tulip Queen Amy Cook and her deputy, Kimberley Fisher, performed their first official duty tonight (Friday) at the Christmas lights switch-on.

Joined by Santa Claus and MP John Hayes, the ceremony watched by hundreds set the seal on a perfect day of entertainment – including the schools’ choirs competition, which was won by St John’s Primary – and launched Spalding’s biggest Christmas weekend in years.

Spalding Christmas lights switch-on. ANL-141128-193746001

Spalding Christmas lights switch-on. ANL-141128-193746001

Tomorrow Spalding Marching Ambassadors and morris dancers will perform at the regular market day and, on Sunday, more than 80 stalls selling festive gifts will line the streets from 10am to 4pm.

Shops are also opening on Sunday and there’s free parking at the council car parks.

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum also hosts its Winter Fair from 10.30am to 4pm and youngsters are invited to meet Father Christmas there as well as enjoy magic sessions with Terry the Paper Wizard.

• For more pictures from Spalding’s big Christmas weekend – and the full story – see Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.