Buxton sparkles!

Christmas Lights: Mark Flett as the Ice King brought a hint of menace to the event as the Christmas lights are switched on in Buxton.
Christmas Lights: Mark Flett as the Ice King brought a hint of menace to the event as the Christmas lights are switched on in Buxton.
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THE Ice King, Snow Queen and local school choirs were just some of the characters and attractions enjoyed by thousands of people at Buxton’s Christmas lights switch-on last week.

Actress Kate Anthony, who is appearing in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Buxton Opera House, had the crowds booing and cheering as she bantered with them before switching on the lights, after speeches by High Peak Mayor Cllr David Lomax and Rev Colin Smith.

Christmas Lights: Bill Weston, actress Kate Anthony, the Reverend Colin Smith and Mayor and Mayoress Hilary and David Lomax push the button as the Christmas lights are switched on in Buxton.

Christmas Lights: Bill Weston, actress Kate Anthony, the Reverend Colin Smith and Mayor and Mayoress Hilary and David Lomax push the button as the Christmas lights are switched on in Buxton.

However, the highlight of the evening was the dancing by Bill Weston’s Mini Billerettes making their debut into the world of entertainment. They left the promenade to tremendous applause. This year’s lantern parade led by local storyteller Gordon MacLellan and the ACE drummers was the biggest yet, and included the sparkling Burbage Guides and wonderfully lit lanterns.

“I think it has been brilliant. It’s wonderful for Buxton,” said Gill Charnley who brought her family for the evening, “and it was great to be part of the procession.”

The event was organised by Buxton Sparkles in association with the Pavilion Gardens. It is thanks to fundraising, sponsorship and volunteers that the event is able to take place.

“Local people have been very supportive this year and have generously donated to fundraising events despite the economic climate,” said Chair, Andrea Lewis. “We were delighted by the turn out.”

Christmas Lights: Pupils from Burbage Primary School sing carols as the Christmas lights are switched on in Buxton.

Christmas Lights: Pupils from Burbage Primary School sing carols as the Christmas lights are switched on in Buxton.

A fun fair, Christmas bazaar and festive food all added to the fun and success of the evening despite the threat of wild and windy weather.