Hundreds turn out in Diss as panto cast switch-on the Christmas lights

Ben Langley, from Norwich Theatre Royal's panotmime of Sleeping Beauty, switches-on the Diss Christm

Ben Langley, from Norwich Theatre Royal's panotmime of Sleeping Beauty, switches-on the Diss Christmas lights. Picture: Norwich Theatre Royal - Credit: Archant

A festive atmosphere took over Diss on Saturday night as hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the switching-on of the Christmas lights.

Ben Langley, from Norwich Theatre Royal's panotmime of Sleeping Beauty, switches-on the Diss Christm

Ben Langley, from Norwich Theatre Royal's panotmime of Sleeping Beauty, switches-on the Diss Christmas lights. Picture: Norwich Theatre Royal - Credit: Archant

The fun started during the afternoon with entertainment from magician Ali Shazan, Diss and Roydon school choirs, Bollywood Sparkles and Grooveaplitan.

Santa and cast members from Norwich Theatre Royal's pantomime Sleeping Beauty arrived in a snow-storm to turn on the lights.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: 'Our panto comic Ben Langley was delighted to join the crowds at Diss and be part of this year's festive switch—on.

'Despite the cold weather, he certainly warmed up the crowd for the event and was excited to officially set the town ablaze in a feast of festive colour.'


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Rachel Davey, a member of the ensemble cast, said: 'It was lovely to see all the children out watching the parade and watch everyone getting excited about Christmas.'

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