Christmas lights switch-on this weekend

Councillors in Fleetwood have come up with the idea of selling personal message Christmas baubles to raise funds for the town's Christmas Lights fund.'Pictured with some examples are Lorraine Beavers, Paul Treece-Birch, Mike Barrowclough, Christine Smith, Emma Anderton, and Terry Rogers.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'23-5-2012
Councillors in Fleetwood have come up with the idea of selling personal message Christmas baubles to raise funds for the town's Christmas Lights fund.'Pictured with some examples are Lorraine Beavers, Paul Treece-Birch, Mike Barrowclough, Christine Smith, Emma Anderton, and Terry Rogers. PIC BY ROB LOCK'23-5-2012

CHRISTMAS begins in Fleetwood on Saturday!

And the tireless organisers of the town’s Christmas ‘Light Up Fleetwood’ appeal have one simple message - ‘please come down and join in the celebrations!’

The Christmas lights will be officially switched on this Saturday afternoon following a lantern parade which starts at Ash Street at 5.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to join in the parade which will be led by The Old Boys Band and Santa on his sleigh.

The parade will work its way along Lord Street and North Albert Street to the Euston Gardens for the big moment.

Lord Street will sparkle with more than 80 Christmas trees suspended above shops and lit with thousands of tiny white lights.

The trees in block planters along the main street will also be lit up with stunning Christmas lights.

There will be five huge Christmas trees dotted around the down and for the first time since the 1950s Fleetwood’s Mount Pavilion will shine for Christmas.

One of the main organisers Genice Bywater said: “It has all come together and I am really excited about it.

“All the hard work has been so worthwhile and all the community effort has been fantastic. The town is going to look amazing.”

The switch will be flicked by Dave Leo and his family in memory of his wife Karen who sadly passed away a couple of months ago.

Karen had been instrumental in the efforts to bring Christmas to the town centre and it was one of her final wishes for it all to come together.

After the switch on ceremony, the North Euston Hotel will host a celebration of festive music from school choirs, Wyre Warblers, Joe Boe and much more. Refreshments will also be served.

Corporate sponsors have helped with the costs of illuminating the five trees. They are JT Byrne Funeral Directors, JP Dell Funeral Director and Wyre Memorials, Foulds Metals and Builders Supplies and Dave Leo and his family. There is one tree which still needs a sponsor at Larkholme shops. Committee member Councillor Emma Anderton added: “The committee has been overwhelmed by the generous offers of both finanical support and the provision of equipment. We have had a fantastic response.”