Around 5,000 people joined the stars of the Regent Theatre panto for a festive feast at the switching on of the Christmas lights on the Cornhill.
Over two hours of entertainment preceded the count-down and the capacity crowd enjoyed several choirs, some seasonal songs from Wizzard, Slade and many more at the switch on by the Mayor, Councillor Sarah Barber. The Mayor was accompanied by two very special guests for the evening – her four year-old nephew, Olen, and 91 year-old charity abseiler John Morley, dressed appropriately as Spiderman.
Such was the popularity of the event that organisers had to prevent any more people coming on to the Cornhill. A spokesman said: “We don’t like turning anyone away but we had to close the gates for public safety.”
So, the Ipswich Christmas season has well and truly started – with late night shopping Thursdays, a special market, bags of entertainment and additional park and ride buses on Thursday evenings and on Sundays – the latter funded by the Borough Council.