Christmas lights switched on tonight

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BOSTON is gearing up for its big Christmas lights switch on tonight.

Tonight’s event kicks off the festive fun in the town and Mayor of Boston Coun Mary Wright will flick the switch at 6pm. before Santa leads a parade through the town, handing out 1,000 sweets, which have been donated by Edward’s Emporium, in Dolphin Lane.

The switch this year will see the town’s new festive lights shining for the first time.

Boston Borough Council has spent £35,000 on new eco-friendly lights to replace tired old ones which have been in use for a number of years.

£10,000 of this money has been provided by Boston Improvement District (BID).

The full itinerary is as follows

4.30pm to 5.30pm – Jam Jar, performing in Strait Bargate, outside the Community Rooms;

5pm – Santa leaves the Christmas tree near Ingram Memorial on town tour handing out 1,000 free lollipops to children;

5.30pm to 5.50pm – Salvation Army Band, playing outside Oldrids;

5.55pm – Santa arrives at Christmas lights switch-on point in Strait Bargate outside Community Rooms;

5.50pm to 6pm – Christmas lights switch-on, in Strait Bargate outside Community Rooms, by Mayor of Boston, Coun Mary Wright, and chairman of Boston BID, Mr Alan Ellis (Oldrids lights to be switched on at same time);

6.10pm to 6.30pm – Main Ridge East Community Singers, in Strait Bargate outside Community Rooms;

6.30pm to 7pm – final set by Jam Jar.