Seaton and Axminster launch Christmas celebrations

PUBLISHED: 12:39 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 06 December 2018

The Christmas Lanrtern Parade at Axminster. Picture: CINDY FURSE

The Christmas Lanrtern Parade at Axminster. Picture: CINDY FURSE

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Axe Valley towns switch on their Yuletide illuminations

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Axminster Lantern Parade pictures by ROB COOMBE

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Seaton and Axminster launched their Christmas celebrations on Saturday (December 1).

Both towns switched on their illuminations and staged streets markets and entertainment.

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At Seaton the day began with the Seaton Eats Boutique and Seaton Artisan Market, both at Windsor Gardens.

The celebrations continued into the evening when the Christmas Carnival floats set off from Harbour Road, travelled up the Underfleet, down through Fore Street and then on to the Esplanade.

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This year’s parade was led by the local firefighters, Seaton Majorettes and the royal float.

Father Christmas brought up the rear of the procession, stopping off in The Square to greet children.

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Axminster also switched on its Christmas lights on Saturday. This year’s celebrations and lantern parade centred on South Street.

Thanks to funding from the Arts Council England and The Yarlington Community Fund, the organisers - Light Up Axminster - were able to enlist the services of Somerset based circus artists Pirates of the Carabina. They provided a number of professional street artists including a slack rope walker, an aerial gymnast, and stilt walkers.

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Axminster Lions Club’s new Father Christmas float boomed out Christmas hits a’plenty whilst a number of talented local performers brought their own musical flavours to the two stages. There was a procession of lanterns made and carried by local children who were also joined by local musicians and professionals from Actiontrack Performance Company.

Cindy Furse, chairman of Light up Axminster, said: “Light Up Axminster would like to thank everyone who attended in whatever capacity as well as the local businesses who provided everything from electricity to bags of chips and coffees too.

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“Extra special thank yous go to the many volunteers over the week that have helped put up the lights, Axminster Property Services for installing the Christmas trees and our electrician Mike Beviss for getting us lit!”

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Sharon Quick and Seaton Royalty switch on the lights at the Seaton Christmas Carnival. Ref mha 49 18TI 6200. Picture: Terry IfeSharon Quick and Seaton Royalty switch on the lights at the Seaton Christmas Carnival. Ref mha 49 18TI 6200. Picture: Terry Ife

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Karizma Majorettes at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6011. Picture: Terry IfeKarizma Majorettes at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6011. Picture: Terry Ife

Axminster Musical Theatre at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6015. Picture: Terry IfeAxminster Musical Theatre at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6015. Picture: Terry Ife

Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6022. Picture: Terry IfeCloakham Lawn Sports Centre at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6022. Picture: Terry Ife

Jackie Martin with her christmas trees made from bottle tops at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6030. Picture: Terry IfeJackie Martin with her christmas trees made from bottle tops at the christmas market in the Guild Hall Axminster. Ref mha 49 18TI 6030. Picture: Terry Ife

Axminster Lantern Parade. Picture: CINDY FURSEAxminster Lantern Parade. Picture: CINDY FURSE

Axminster Lantern Parade. Picture: CINDY FURSEAxminster Lantern Parade. Picture: CINDY FURSE

Axminster Lantern Parade. Picture: CINDY FURSEAxminster Lantern Parade. Picture: CINDY FURSE

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