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Lauren's light cheers up Harleston

PUBLISHED: 09:25 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:49 12 July 2010

Harleston's lights are switched on.

Harleston's lights are switched on.

A new Christmas light designed by schoolgirl Lauren Gillingwater was the star attraction at Friday night's celebrations in Harleston.

The primary school pupil was the winner of a creative kid's competition, and was joined by Radio Norfolk presenters Graham Barnard and Karen Buchanan as she switched on the festive display.

A new Christmas light designed by schoolgirl Lauren Gillingwater was the star attraction at Friday night's celebrations in Harleston.

The primary school pupil was the winner of a creative kids competition, and was joined by Radio Norfolk presenters Graham Barnard and Karen Buchanan as she switched on the festive display. Her jolly smiling reindeer made a welcome addition to the colourful show.

Crowds thronged the shopping centre and there was a carnival atmosphere as a stilt walking Jack Frost and cuddly snowmen paraded through the streets. The Britannia Handbell Ringers from Loweestoft added a magical tone as they performed to an appreciative audience beneath sparkling icicle lights outside the Swan Hotel.

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