PICTURES: Christmas officially welcomed to Diss as estimated 1,000 witness annual switch-on

MDEP-26-11-2016-037 Fire engine Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-092418005
MDEP-26-11-2016-037 Fire engine Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-092418005

Christmas officially swept into Diss as an estimated 1,000 people lined the streets for the annual switch-on.

Entertainment kicked-off at 3pm on the day, with a host of live entertainment and food on offer.

MDEP-26-11-2016-068 Choir Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-094257005

MDEP-26-11-2016-068 Choir Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-094257005

There were performances from the joint choirs of Diss Junior School and Roydon Primary School, the Funk Soal Brothers, the rock choir Invidia Voices and the Bollywood Sparker dancers, while Ben Langley, star of Jack and the Beanstalk at Norwich Theatre Royal, had the honours of switching on the festive lights.

Mayor of Diss Mike Bardwell and mascot Dinsdale were also present.

Diss Town Council organised the event, which also featured Park Radio.

Chris Moyse, of Park Radio, said: “We were delighted with numbers of people who came along on Saturday, we must have exceeded 1,000, with the combination of live family entertainment and such a great variety of food stalls, plus Ben Langley, Santa, Dinsdale and the Mayor performing the switch-on this year’s event was the best one ever.

We were delighted with numbers of people who came along on Saturday

“A big thanks to my team for the many months of hard work leading up the day.

“Let’s now aim to deliver an equally successful Diss Carnival for 2017. Plans are well underway to stage the Fun Day, after the street procession, on June 11th in Diss Park and the Mere’s Mouth.”

A free Park Radio competition for a family ticket to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Norwich Theatre Royal was won by Karen Goddard of Sunnyside, Diss.

MDEP-26-11-2016-049 Veggie Van Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093325005

MDEP-26-11-2016-049 Veggie Van Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093325005

MDEP-26-11-2016-066 Ben Langley Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093302005

MDEP-26-11-2016-066 Ben Langley Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093302005

MDEP-26-11-2016-064 Ben Langley Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093223005

MDEP-26-11-2016-064 Ben Langley Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093223005

MDEP-26-11-2016-062 Mayor and Ben Langley switch on lights  Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093147005

MDEP-26-11-2016-062 Mayor and Ben Langley switch on lights Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093147005

MDEP-26-11-2016-061 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093128005

MDEP-26-11-2016-061 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093128005

MDEP-26-11-2016-060 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093111005

MDEP-26-11-2016-060 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093111005

MDEP-26-11-2016-059 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093053005

MDEP-26-11-2016-059 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093053005

MDEP-26-11-2016-058 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093031005

MDEP-26-11-2016-058 Band Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093031005

MDEP-26-11-2016-057 The Lythgoe Family enjoy the night Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093012005

MDEP-26-11-2016-057 The Lythgoe Family enjoy the night Diss Xmas Lights 2016 ANL-161128-093012005