NORTON celebrated the start of the festive season with its Santa Fun Runs and lights switch on at the weekend.

Organised by Ryedale Special Families (RSF), the fun run saw dozens of youngsters and adults taking part.

Lisa Keenan, chief officer for RSF, said: “We were delighted to be involved in Norton’s Christmas lights switch on festivities once again.

“There was an excellent turnout for the Santa Fun Runs and it helped to create a lovely atmosphere.

“I’d like to thank Norton Town Council, the event sponsors, and, of course, everyone who took part in the fun runs.

“I wish everyone a very happy Christmas.”

Norton Mayor Cllr Ray King said: “What a delight to see so many of our community attend the Santa Fun Run and lights switch on last Sunday.

“Thanks go out to RSF for once again bringing their Santa run to the town. Record entries also ensured a good turnout of spectators.

“Our local celebrity Ryan Swain, along with his sidekick Frank Lamingo, created a most enjoyable and entertaining atmosphere for young and old alike.

“The Malton and Norton Lions as always did a sterling job transporting Santa to the event.

“Special thanks to Tim Hicks, the deputy clerk and other council members for their hard work on the day.

“We look forward to building on the success of this event in 2019. Merry Christmas to you all.”

Ryan Swain, who compared the event, said: “It was an absolutely amazing turn out and was so nice to bring the whole community together to kick-start the festive season.

“Well done to all the organisers, Norton Town Council and everybody involved most importantly thanks for having me.”