Mile-long parade for festive fun

Christmas magic will descend on Fleetwood next week for the annual lantern parade and switch-on of the festive lights.

Everything is set for the ceremony on Saturday, November 22, which will see a lantern parade through the town centre before the big switch on at the new venue of Marine Hall Gardens.

Also new for this year will be a 30ft Christmas tree in the Marine Hall Gardens and the illumination of the Mount Pavilion.

Led by an illuminated tram provided by Blackpool Transport and sounds from the Old Boys Band, the procession starts at 5.30pm and is a mile long.

Fleetwood Rotary Club will be bringing Santa and his sleigh along with his elf helpers to meet the children.

Coun Emma Anderton, a member of Fleetwood Festive Lights Committee, said: “The parade will run along Lord Street, North Albert Street, past the North Euston Hotel, along The Esplanade and into the Marine Hall Gardens.

“This means that the parade will be a little bit longer than is previous years so we are suggesting that any families with younger children might like to join the parade along the way if they don’t think they can manage a full mile walk.

“We are really pleased that the Mayor of Wyre Coun Ron Shewan has agreed to switch on the lights for us this year.

“This is especially appropriate as Ron is a former member of the Festive Lights Committee.”

Once the parade has arrived in the Marine Hall Gardens, Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band will be playing on the outdoor performance stage and after the switch on, people will be able to join in singing carols with the band.

“This year we will see new festive lights decorating the Mount Pavilion,” said Coun Anderton.

“The main focus of our fund-raising this year has been to buy new lights for the Mount.

“We hope everyone will be pleased with the result.

“Lighting the Mount Pavilion was a particular dream of Karen Leo, who belonged to the committee before she sadly passed away and the current committee would like to dedicate the lighting of the Mount to Karen and her family.”

Shops in the town centre will feature more than 130 lit Christmas trees and five large Christmas trees situated on West View roundabout, Broadway Post Office, Lord Street, Euston Gardens and the Marine Hall Gardens. There will also be a festive lights collection on December 22 at Asda.