Festive sparkle as Christmas lights switched on in Lincoln

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Lincoln was full of festive cheer on Friday evening as three Christmas light switch-on events took place in the city.

The first switch-on took place at St Marks Shopping Centre, which was hosted by John Marshall from Lincs FM and included children’s entertainment and live music.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The City of Lincoln Council event at the St Benedict’s war memorial on the High Street took centre stage with performances from Ady Lee and Peter Brown, as well as from the Salvation Army Band. The High Street event was hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenters Scott Dalton and Su Whitaker.

The lights that decorate Lincoln’s High Street were switched on by the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Sue Burke. She was joined by Prank Patrol star and Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood, CBBC’s Yonko (Chris Johnson) and star of ITV’s The Voice, Zoe Hedge.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A Civil Procession left the Guildhall and, as it approached the stage, the Salvation Army Band played the Processional Carol before the Mayor officially turned on the festive High Street lights. The Civic Procession then headed back to the Guildhall and the Salvation Army Band played more carols.

The Waterside Shopping Centre also hosted a switch-on event with entertainment including from Streetz Beatz Dancers and the Orpheus Male Choir.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Shops in Lincoln will be keeping doors open later from Friday, November 22. This year, the late night shopping has moved to Friday nights, but there are still some Thursday and Saturday nights in the calendar too.

Santa and his reindeer will be taking time out of their busy schedule to meet the people of Lincoln later this month too.

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