Football legend lights up Layton

Layton Christmas Lights were switched on by Jimmy Armfield-helped by Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen. Also pictured, with Santa, are Councillors Martin Mitchell (left) and John Boughton (second from left).
Layton Christmas Lights were switched on by Jimmy Armfield-helped by Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen. Also pictured, with Santa, are Councillors Martin Mitchell (left) and John Boughton (second from left).
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AFTER years of lighting up the turf at Bloomfield Road, Seasiders legend Jimmy Armfield flicked the switch which saw Layton come ablaze with colour.

Mulled wine, mince pies and a brass band playing Christmas carols were just some of the festive treats on offer for Layton folk during the Christmas tree lights switch-on.

And there was a star quality to the event with ex-Pool and England football legend Jimmy Armfield performing the honour of flicking the switch to dazzle the crowds who turned up at Layton Library yesterday evening.

Mr Armfield said: “It’s a pleasure really to do it, to see all the kids and the Christmas lights.

“I hope something like this is good for the economy of the area, and I hope it’s the kind of thing that encourages people this Christmas to spend their money in Blackpool.”

The event, which was also attended by Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen, was organised by Layton Traders Association, along with ward councillors John Boughton and Martin Mitchell.

Organiser Kath Hurley, who is treasurer of Layton Traders Association, said: “It’s brilliant and we want to say a few thank you for all those who helped us.

“It’s such a good turnout every year and we’ve had a perfect night for it because it encourages people to shop locally, keep Layton going and keep the shops going.”

Marcus Ayres, 28, from Layton, was at the switch-on with two-year-old son Jaelan-Joel.

He said: “It’s nice.

“And it’s lovely for the kids, too.”