16 June 2024

Crowds turn out for big switch-on

by Michelle Horst

Hornsea’s Chamber of Trade overcame the concerns over roadworks to see the Christmas lights brighten up the town on Friday, November 24 – and even the rain paused for the celebration.

As has become traditional, Seaside FM led the countdown and provided music for the evening.

Both Iain Poole, the chairman of the Hornsea Carnival, and Sid Tracey, chairman of Hornsea’s Biker Event, switched the lights on in an acknowledgement of the substantial commitment they give to the resort’s community. They were joined by town mayor Laura Embleton.

The evening continued to embrace the spirit of the festive season, with the town council, local businesses, groups and charities coming together to ensure a night of wholesome cheer.

Many of the local businesses remained open, while a craft emporium took place in the church hall.

“I’m here for Santa,” said the youngest of the Robinson and Dickinson families.

Father Christmas took time from his busy schedule to stop by the Lions shop, and his elves could be seen causing mischief on Hornsea Inshore Rescue’s boat.

The popular Christmas tree festival at St Nicholas Church drew the crowds with a display of trees decorated by groups from around the area.

Christmas lights now festoon Bettison’s Folly, and for the first time, thanks to new funding, businesses in Cliff Road also benefited.

Efforts from volunteers and businesses to ensure that the event offered something for all ages at an affordable price created a positive start to the festive season.