The Market Place was full of Christmas spirit on Thursday 5 December for Reepham’s annual Festival of Light as large crowds benefited from kind weather this year.
An atmospheric children’s lantern parade awaited the arrival of Santa in his shiny new sleigh. Having switched on the lights, he proceeded to his grotto, handing gifts to children assisted by his lively team of elves.
Entertainment in the square was led as ever by Graham Andrew of Funforce, with seasonal music from Reepham’s a cappella choir and the high school.
Further festive cheer was provided by more than 30 stalls, including food and drink, groups offering local crafts and Christmas trees from the Reepham Young Farmers.
The Festival of Light team is indebted to many local people and businesses that gave financial and other assistance, such as Salle Farms, which donated 32 Christmas trees to decorate the Market Place, and Norfolk Shepherd Huts, which provided Santa’s grotto.
The Reepham & District Rotary Club provided and erected the large tree and, together with other local residents, manned the road barriers.
The team is already looking forward to FOL 2020!
Steve Perkins, Chair, Festival of Light Team