Fairy tale start to festive season in Spilsby

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. ANL-180312-121355001
Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. ANL-180312-121355001

A fairy tale start to the run-up to Christmas in Spilsby has left businesses looking forward to a magic festive period.

The ‘Once Upon a Christmas in Spilsby’ celebration saw hundreds of people in the town on Saturday for the annual Cracker Day and switch-on of lights.

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Front L-R Jenny Van Haazel, Scarlett Carter 7, Elizabeth Van Haazel 5. Back L-R Arvin Van Haazel, Amelia Van Haazel 13, Nici Turner. Spilsby Primary Academy PTFA. ANL-180312-121221001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Front L-R Jenny Van Haazel, Scarlett Carter 7, Elizabeth Van Haazel 5. Back L-R Arvin Van Haazel, Amelia Van Haazel 13, Nici Turner. Spilsby Primary Academy PTFA. ANL-180312-121221001

It was a joint event run by Spilsby Town Council, Spilsby Rotary Club and the Spilsby Business Partnership.

Cracker Day stalls were kept busy in the Franklin Hall and in the afternoon there was singing around the Franklin Statue.

The popular outdoor Christmas Market ran until just after the lights were switched on by Coun Andrew Wright and his wife Vicky, who contributed a lot towards the organisation.

County Linx Radio took along their Radio Bus and stage and there were special performances by the students from Linkage and Spilsby Primary School.

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Spilsby Primary Academy pupils performing. ANL-180312-121520001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Spilsby Primary Academy pupils performing. ANL-180312-121520001

Mayor of Spilsby Coun Mark Gale, who was busy marshalling during the day, said he was delighted to see the town come together to organise a such a successful event.

“It was a lot of hard work put it paid off,” he said. “The Franklin Hall was packed out for the Rotary Cracker Day. It started to get cold later but we were really pleased with the number of people who turned out for the switch-on.

“It was great seeing Spilsby Primary and Linkage involved too.”

The Spilsby and District Royal British Legion also reported having a successful Cracker Day. They had two stalls with bric-a-brac and a tombola in the Franklin Hall and raised £192.40 for the Poppy Appeal.

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Linkage College, Toynton All Saints, performing. ANL-180312-121543001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Linkage College, Toynton All Saints, performing. ANL-180312-121543001

Six-year-old Lydia Scutt from Spilsby won the ‘Guess the name of the teddy bear’ competition, by correctly giving the name ‘Princess’ to the teddy bear.

She was later presented with the teddy bear in the presence of her mother, Katherine.

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Eden Taylor 5, Clare Taylor, Kenny Atkinson 6, Bailey Atkinson 10, Henry Atkinson 3, Daisy Atkinson 7 and Tom Atkinson. ANL-180312-121503001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Eden Taylor 5, Clare Taylor, Kenny Atkinson 6, Bailey Atkinson 10, Henry Atkinson 3, Daisy Atkinson 7 and Tom Atkinson. ANL-180312-121503001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Kate Dennett of Sweet Vanilla, Spilsby. ANL-180312-121447001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Kate Dennett of Sweet Vanilla, Spilsby. ANL-180312-121447001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Alison Bedford with her handmade gifts. ANL-180312-121426001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Alison Bedford with her handmade gifts. ANL-180312-121426001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Sam Sorrell of Firsby Fudge. ANL-180312-121409001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. Sam Sorrell of Firsby Fudge. ANL-180312-121409001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Lesley Reeson, Jenny Gardner, Victoria Holmes and Debra Dawson of Slimming World and V Fitness. ANL-180312-121249001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Lesley Reeson, Jenny Gardner, Victoria Holmes and Debra Dawson of Slimming World and V Fitness. ANL-180312-121249001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Bailey Whitaker 6, Millie Whitaker 10, ia Whitaker 9 of Spilsby. ANL-180312-121304001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Bailey Whitaker 6, Millie Whitaker 10, ia Whitaker 9 of Spilsby. ANL-180312-121304001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Victoria Hayes, Tony Dambrosio and Blake Williams of White Hart, Spilsby. ANL-180312-121329001

Spilsby Christmas Market and Christmas Tree lights switch-on. L-R Victoria Hayes, Tony Dambrosio and Blake Williams of White Hart, Spilsby. ANL-180312-121329001