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The Bury St Edmunds Christmas lights switch on event is taking place from 3pm today.

The event, which will host an array of street and stage entertainment and festive fund-raising stalls will run until the lights are switched on at around 7pm.

A Bury St Edmunds restaurant manager who saved a customer’s life on his first day at work at Wagamama, has been chosen as this year’s ‘Local Hero’ who will switch on the town’s Christmas Lights.

Bury St Edmunds is preparing for the 2018 Christmas Lights Switch On.
Bury St Edmunds is preparing for the 2018 Christmas Lights Switch On.

Daniel Challenor, is first aid trained, and gave CPR to a customer who had collapsed while having a family lunch.

Daniel has subsequently been presented with a bravery award from the Humane Society for his actions.

In recent years the honour of switching on the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights has been given to a ‘Local Hero’ - someone who is an inspiration to others or has given great service to the town.

Tonight there will be:

  • Father Christmas and his elves
  • The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir
  • A magician and balloon modeller
  • Fairground rides
  • Over 40 charity stalls
  • Schools will be performing on stage
  • Snow Queen and her Snowman friend
  • The Three Christmas Bears

There will also be activities at the arc kicking off from 4pm, the fun packed evening will include performances from local dance school, Jessica Barber’s school of dance. Ukulele Elves will also be taking a well-earned break from Santa's toy workshop to head to the arc shopping centre.

This gang of cheeky Elves have a tip-top repertoire of Christmas classics guaranteed to get you singing, and they've even given many well-loved favourites their own special twists: Jingle Bells with a hip-hop finale.

Light walkers will head out to meet families in a multicolour swirl of costume and light, and ahead of their very busy month Snow Queen Elsa and her sister Anna will also be visiting before the big man himself, Father Christmas turns on the lights at 7.15pm.

Follow this story for all the event updates.