Festive spirit all around

CHRISTMAS - GARSTANG COURIER'from left, Lesley Bickerstaff, Penny Shimell, two, Lynne Shimell and Ella Ashton, nine,  get into the Christmas spirit at the Garstang Christmas Lights switch on event.
CHRISTMAS - GARSTANG COURIER'from left, Lesley Bickerstaff, Penny Shimell, two, Lynne Shimell and Ella Ashton, nine, get into the Christmas spirit at the Garstang Christmas Lights switch on event.
0
Have your say

They’re on! Garstang’s Christmas lights were officially switched on on Monday evening.

A bumper crowd attended the event to signal the countdown to the Yuletide celebrations has well and truly begun.

Proceedings were introduced by Garstang’s Town Crier Hilary McGrath with the young people of the town ensuring that the ceremony would be a memorable musical event too.

A large crowd joined in a rousing rendition of carols led by the band and choir from Garstang Community Academy, conducted by Head of Creative Arts Lloyd Garratt.

Local primary school children also attended.

As well as light and balloon sellers adding to the party spirit, local family Lynne Shimmel from High Street shop “Iced” and her children Ella Ashton, nine and Penny Shimmel,two, put on their own lights show with special illuminated fancy dress costumes. Mother Christmas Lesley Bickerstaffe and her team of elves provided sweets for children attending the switch-on.

Damian Carr from Garstang’s Chamber of Trade said afterwards: “It was wonderful. The weather has been superb for it. It’s a very uplifting community event. It was lovely and thank you to everybody who takes part.”