Record turnout for town’s new lights

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More people than ever turned out to see the new Christmas lights being switched on in Kimberley.

Residents packed the streets to kick the start the festive season with a visit from Santa, entertainment and brand new lights in the town – switched on by charity champions Debbie and Shaun Lee.

As well as a firework display and lots of stalls to browse, children in a local primary school choir entertained the crowds along with the Salvation Army brass band.

Kimberley Town Council organised the event last Friday, November 29.

Chair of the events committee Mary McGuckin said: “This event was such a success. More people attended than in previous years. Even local police officers commented on how busy it was.”

Council chairman Jim McDonald said: “We had a great Christmas lights switch on. It was truly a wonderful night and was lovely to see everybody out in the town together.”

Debbie and Shaun Lee run the Ryan Lee Trust. The charity raises money for specialist equipment so terminally ill children can live out their last days at home. The trust was set up after their teenage son, Ryan, died of a brain tumour.