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Fishing village kicks off festive countdown

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

  • The grand switch-on of the Christmas lights in Polperro's Big Green. Left: Josh Gilbert, 4, looks in wonder Picture: Sean Hernon.

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Hundreds of people watched the switching-on of the Christmas lights at a picturesque Cornish fishing harbour.

Organisers said more people were drawn in to Polperro by the prospect of free parking on Saturday, raising more than £1,000 for the Christmas lights committee.

New this year was a selection of LED lights, including angels and stars, in the display over the village's Big Green.

People were able to tuck in to hot dogs and minced pies while drinking mulled wine as a selection of Christmas market stalls opened in the early afternoon. Entertainment included performances from the Mount Charles Band, female shanty group the Doxies and Keltique choir.

The lights were switched on by Polperro "Lord Mayor" Nathan Toms, assisted by carnival queen Erin Varney and princess Mia Beard.

Robert Chisman, chairman of the Christmas lights, said: "It went very well."

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