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Whitworth’s Christmas Lights are switched on

Whitworth’s Christmas Lights are switched on

Whitworth’s official Christmas Lights Switch On took place on Sunday 26 November at the Riverside.

The event, which was organised by Whitworth Town Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee in association with Rossendale Borough Council and the Riverside, was attended by over 400 people.  The Mayor and Mayoress of Whitworth, Councillor Alan and Mrs Janet Neal welcomed guests including the evening’s special guests – the winners of the children’s Christmas Rock painting competition, 10-year old Lucy Wilkins from Tonacliffe Primary and 8-year old Josephine Ball from St Bartholomew’s Primary, who won the opportunity to switch on the lights on the night.  Festive songs were played by the Whitworth Vale and Healey Youth Brass Band and Whitworth’s very own Community Choir entertained the crowd with their wonderful performance.

Father Christmas made a special appearance and handed out sweets to the children from his spectacular grotto, which was kindly donated by Robert Kershaw from Prosceneium, Howard Wilkinson was busy taking family portraits, and mulled wine and mince pies were served.  The sweets for this year’s events were kindly donated by RRG Toyota Rochdale and Val Bennet donated the prizes for the two competition winners.  A great big thank-you to the volunteers of the Tourism and Leisure Committee for their hard work to make this event happen and to the volunteers who gave their time building grottos and decorating the building.

This year the Tourism and Leisure Committee had been lucky enough to secure funding from the Community Foundation for Lancashire to purchase new sound equipment to use for their events.  This equipment had its first outing at the Chrismtas Lights Switch On and will get plenty of use at future events planned for the Whitworth Community.

The Mayor of Whitworth said: “As always, there was a fantastic turn out on the night.  I had a wonderful evening and it really marked the start of the festive season for us.  Many congratulations to Lucy and Josephine, whose rock designs were beautifully produced, and thanks to all who helped to make the event so special, especially the staff at the Riverside and the Borough Council, the Youth Band, the Whitworth Community Choir, the Whitworth Tourism and Leisure Committee who did an outstanding job, and Melanie, our Town Clerk.  And a very special thank you to Father Christmas for taking the time out of his busy schedule to be with us in Whitworth!”

image courtesy of Mr Mike Burgess

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