Thou­sands en­joy light­ing up town

Macclesfield Express - - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON - STUART GREER

THOU­SANDS flocked to Mac­cles­field town cen­tre to wel­come in Christ­mas.

The town’s Christ­mas lights burst into life on Satur­day with a fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion in the Mar­ket Place.

There was a Christ­mas mar­ket and craft fair dur­ing the day, with street per­form­ers, choirs and a brass band en­ter­tain­ing the vis­i­tors.

Teen rock band The New Hope Club brought with them a fol­low­ing of fans, some of whom waited at the stage from around 11am and trav­elled from as far away as Lon­don, Derby and Pre­ston.

There was also live en­ter­tain­ment from the Mac­cles­field Youth Brass Band, the Cygnet Singers, MADS, Rokit, Mac­cles­field Mu­sic Cen­tre, Cal­lum Jack­son and the My­del Choir.

There were fair­ground rides and free kids face paint­ing and bal­loon mod­el­ling, be­fore Fa­ther Christ­mas and his as­sis­tants turned on the lights at 5pm.

De­spite the throng­ing crowds and ex­cite­ment, DJ Dane Swindells, from Silk FM, led a suc­cess­ful at­tempt at the Man­nequin Chal­lenge, a vi­ral video craze which in­volves peo­ple im­i­tat­ing man­nequins and freez­ing for the cam­era while mu­sic plays in the back­ground.

But the cli­max to the day, which saw around 4,000 peo­ple at­tend, was a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play.

Pete Turner, from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, said: “The event well very well. We had the weather on our side and en­joyed a busy town cen­tre all day.

“We be­lieve there were around 4,000 peo­ple pass­ing through Mar­ket Place tak­ing ad­van­tage of the event, with close to 2,000 on the square to wit­ness the big switch on cli­max.

“All in all, we are very happy with how the day went and hope that everyone found some­thing they could en­joy.”

About 4,000 peo­ple crowded into Mac­cles­field town cen­tre to be en­ter­tained at the Christ­mas lights switch-on event

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