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Lis Lights Up

Lovely Lis Sladen will be on hand this evening to switch on the Christmas Lights of Suffolk town Beccles!

Illuminations commence at 6pm, with Lady Lis – star of The Sarah Jane Adventures as well of course of 3 years of Doctor Who in the 1970s – also on hand to present prizes to the winners of the children’s poster competition as well as the rather corporate-sounding Beccles Business Association award for the best Christmas shop window.

(Can’t help feeling Beccles’ Christmas Lights rely on that last one…)

Beccles has been enjoying a Christmas late night shopping event for six years now, and this year there are even funfair rides and stalls selling festive refreshments – almost European!

There will also be live entertainment provided by the bands Tropical Heatwave and Norwich Samba Band presumably on hand to make shoppers nip into Thomas Cook and book a summer break, while Loddon Brass Band and the Salvation Army will no doubt be providing more traditional Christmas tunes

Santa himself will be making an appearance and parking will be free in council-run car parks from 3.30pm. Of course if you miss out on Santa, he does write to you if you’re good

Lis Sladen will also be on hand to sign books and posters at Blyburgate Hall in the evening and tickets for are £3 from the local branch of Kulture Shock.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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