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Burnham Market Christmas Lights

The pretty Georgian village of Burnham Market is a popular year round holiday destination - it’s so handy for the beautiful beaches at Burnham Overy, Holkham and Brancaster, but also has the facilities of a small town and a well-deserved reputation as a shopper’s paradise!

This time of year brings the twice daily flights of the pink foot geese over the village, which really is quite a spectacle and very special to witness - and of course the annual Christmas Market and Lights switch on, which took place this Saturday (23rd November), and is always a date for your calendar.

Each year a ‘celebrity’ is invited to turn the lights on – previously Amanda Holden, Richard Park and Cliff Parisi amongst others have done the honours – and this year it was down to footballer Darren Huckerby, who previously played for home team Norwich City, to transform Burnham Market into a twinkling, magical, winter wonderland.

The weather was cold and unfortunately quite wet at times, but it didn’t seem to dampen spirits as the crowds turned out in force to browse the numerous art, craft and gift stalls round Fairstead Green selling everything from cakes to clothes to ceramics, while they were serenaded by local Church and Primary School Choirs singing carols, as well as The Nelson’s Shantymen, a brass band and a local live cover band – so the Christmas spirits were certainly high. And there was no need to go hungry - you could eat to your heart’s content and chose from Hog Roast, Thai and Indian snacks as well as crepes and duck wraps, with mince pies and mulled wine to follow. For children there was the popular Tea-Cup and Saucer ride, Pin the Nose on the Reindeer and the eagerly anticipated arrival of You-Know-Who.

The candle lit procession through the Market Place following the Primary School Christingle Service ensured there was not a dry eye to be found. Here at the Burnham Market office, we decided to make the most of all this seasonal goodwill, and hold the official opening of our newly relocated office and we were really pleased to see friends old and new come through the door to say hello, admire our new surroundings and stop for a drink and chat.

We decided to utilise the dresser in the office to display the work of local artists and the current exhibition comprises of Driftwood Birds & Fishes by Brian Slater, which are rather lovely and very reasonably priced, and the proceeds from some of the pieces are going to the Philippines Disaster Typhoon Appeal. Make a date for next year’s lights and stay in one of our cottages in the village – there are plenty to choose from.

By Annabel Roff

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