Third time’s a charm for Whaley’s Xmas lights

Christmas Carols: The Whaley Bridge Silver Band keep the crowds entertained at the Whaley Bridge Christmas Illuminations.
Christmas Carols: The Whaley Bridge Silver Band keep the crowds entertained at the Whaley Bridge Christmas Illuminations.

IT WAS a case of third time lucky at Whaley Bridge’s Christmas lights switch-on.

After a brief technical hitch, Whaley Bridge Town Council Chairman Cllr John Goldfinch flicked the switch to light-up the town’s Christmas tree in the car park of the Jodrell Arms.

Christmas Carols: The Christmas lights are turned on at the Whaley Bridge Christmas Illuminations.

Christmas Carols: The Christmas lights are turned on at the Whaley Bridge Christmas Illuminations.

Crowds were entertained with carols, music from Whaley Bridge Band and border morris dancing by the Powderkegs.

Father Christmas arrived on a flotilla of boats from Furness Vale Boat Club.

Local community organisation Footsteps held an indoor market featuring 11 charity stalls in the Mechanics Institute, in addition to a Santa’s grotto at their Market Street base.

Cllr Goldfinch said: “Including the rather exciting glitch with the Christmas lights, the whole evening was a great success with a superb turnout.

“Late opening shops, coupled with the long queues of excited kids waiting to visit Santa in his grotto, the crowds watching the Powderkegs dancing, and the bustling Christmas fair in the Mechanics Institute, all made Whaley a really special place that evening, and the organisers and all who helped to make it so should all be heartily congratulated.”