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From 1980 to today - Cromer Christmas lights through the decades

PUBLISHED: 11:44 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 18 December 2018

Cromer town centre packed with people to see the switch on of the  Christmas lights.

Cromer town centre packed with people to see the switch on of the Christmas lights.

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As Cromer enjoys the festive season we have dug into our archives to see how the town celebrated Christmas over the years.

Cromer Christmas light switch on, 11th December 1980. Photo: Archant LibraryCromer Christmas light switch on, 11th December 1980. Photo: Archant Library

Revellers have been thronging the town’s streets to watch the lights switch on for years, with family groups gathering in a black and white photo from 1980, and a line of Santas playing trombones welcoming the festivities to Cromer in 1985.

They’re joined by a smiling man and a woman wearing a glamorous fur coat, surrounded by children asking for autographs.

In later years, Cromer’s lights were lit up by comedian Rikki Jay and Eastenders actress Sophie Lawrence, and the streets of the seaside town are just as packed with residents eager to see the switch on in Church Street.

And the lights are enjoyed by many to this day, with the alternative Christmas tree and the Cromer Pier tree providing an extra festive glow to the wintery streets.

Cromer, Christmas lights in Church Street.
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What’s your favourite thing about Cromer at Christmas?

Cromer Christmas light switch on, 3rd December 1985. Photo: Archant LibraryCromer Christmas light switch on, 3rd December 1985. Photo: Archant Library

Cromer, Christmas lights the street thronged with revellers.
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Cromer Christmas light switch on, 3rd December 1985. Photo: Archant LibraryCromer Christmas light switch on, 3rd December 1985. Photo: Archant Library

Cromer Christmas lights, Rikki Jay and Sophie Lawrence do the honours.
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Cromer Christmas light switch on, 11th December 1980. Photo: Archant LibraryCromer Christmas light switch on, 11th December 1980. Photo: Archant Library

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