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The finishing touches are being made to plans for a Christmas extravaganza in Bourne next weekend which will see the community come together to celebrate.

Bourne Traders, the town council, schools and the churches in the town are coming together to hold a joint Christmas event on December 1.

In the past they have held separate events.

The event will be held in the closed-off North Street and Abbey Road from noon, running to about 7.30pm, although the funfair will run later.

Traders will also extend their opening hours.

The Christmas lights switch-on by mayor Helen Powell will return to North Street in front of the town hall – for the last three years it has been held outside The Corn Exchange.

Children’s choirs from Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, Bourne Academy and Bourne Abbey Primary Academy will perform a selection of Christmas carols from about 4pm on a stage in front of The Angel Hotel.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at about 4.30pm.

Event organiser Gordan Cochran of Gordon’s Photographic in North Street, said: “I hope everyone turns up and I hope everyone enjoys themselves.

“We want people to just come and have fun.”

Members of the public can still get involved by taking up a stall for food or goods along the closed-off streets.

Anyone interested should call Cake Kabin on 01778 393769.

Almost every shop in the town is also taking part in the popular prize draw again this year.

Customers who spend £5 or more in participating stores will be entered into a draw to win festive hampers worth hundreds of pounds.

Much like during the BRM Day celebrations in October, groups in the town will run their own events to coincide with the main celebration. Bourne Methodist Church in Abbey Road will be holding its eighth Christmas Tree Festival.

This year there will be 44 trees on display. The doors will be open on Saturday from 10am to 6.30pm and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, finishing with a Christmas Songs of Praise.

All Donations from the Methodist church event will be given to Dementia Care South Lincolnshire who offer support to families in this area.

On Saturday a Christmas fair will be taking place at the Abbey Church Hall, from 10am to 1pm with various stalls and refreshments. A fete will also be taking place at Digby Court Care Home in Christopher’s Lane from 2.30pm until 4.30pm with a visit from Santa Claus, stalls selling jewellery, crafts, jigsaws and cakes.