Light up the town!

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

HUGE crowds en­joyed the 2017 Orm­skirk Christ­mas Lights switch-on ex­trav­a­ganza. The event proved even more pop­u­lar than pre­vi­ous years, with al­most twice as many peo­ple cen­tre as last year – de­spite the wet weather on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 24.

There were many at­trac­tions, start­ing from mid­day with the Chapel Gallery’s bustling Christ­mas Mar­ket.

There were also free ac­tiv­i­ties, and in the evening there was live mu­sic and free mulled wine.

From 4pm there was a mar­ket in Moor Street, in­clud­ing food, crafts, lo­cal re­tail­ers and traders from the Thurs­day and Satur­day mar­kets held in Orm­skirk through­out the year.

A gi­ant snow globe was on Moor Street, funded by the Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment Group, from around 4pm, cre­at­ing a free win­ter won­der­land photo op­por­tu­nity.

The lo­cal Ro­tary Club ac­com­pa­nied Father Christ­mas, who was very busy, lis­ten­ing to Christ­mas lists from the many ex­cited young­sters who came out to see him.

From 4.30pm to 6pm there was en­ter­tain­ment on and around the stage at the Clock Tower, in­clud­ing fam­ily en­ter­tainer Cir­cus Frank, and per­for­mances by lo­cal dance and drama school Base Dance and the Orm­skirk Rock Choir.

Favourite chil­dren’s char­ac­ters Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Cap­tain Amer­ica Min­ion were also in the town, to­gether with Sil­cocks chil­dren’s rides.

Com­pere Andy Jay kept the party at­mos­phere go­ing.

The Carol Ser­vice be­gan at 6pm, when dig­ni­taries and guests as­sem­bled at Orm­skirk Parish Church be­fore pro­cess­ing to the sounds of the piper to the main stage for the ser­vice con­ducted by the lo­cal clergy as­sisted by Friends In Uni­son Choir and Skelmers­dale Prize Brass Band.

The Mayor of West Lan­cashire, Cllr Neil Furey, gave his Christ­mas ad­dress, then took up po­si­tion with guests for the switch-on, by Don Evans, West Lan­cashire’s Town Crier.

Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil port­fo­lio holder for leisure, said: “I would like to thank all the coun­cil staff and the groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and traders for their hard work in mak­ing the Christ­mas lights switchon ex­trav­a­ganza a fan­tas­tic night for Orm­skirk.

“The town was ex­tremely busy and many peo­ple told the coun­cil how

much they en­joyed the event.”

Base Dance were on song at the event

Crowds acked the town cen­tre for the big event and, eft, own crier Don Evans did the hon­our

Nearly Di­a­mond kept the crowds en­ter­tained Pic­tures: IAN ROBIN­SON

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