It’s lights, cam­eras and pup­pet ac­tion

Accrington Observer - - NEWS - JON MACPHER­SON

TOWN­SHIPS across Hyn­d­burn got into the fes­tive spirit with a se­ries of lights switch-ons, mar­kets and na­tiv­i­ties.

Around 200 peo­ple gath­ered at Ju­bilee Gar­dens on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, for a ser­vice and bless­ing of the crib.

Chil­dren from St An­drew’s pri­mary school sang car­ols and read­ings were given by lo­cal re­li­gious lead­ers.

Stan­hill Methodist Church held its an­nual ‘Live Na­tiv­ity’ in the James Har­g­reaves Me­mo­rial Gar­dens on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1.

Res­i­dents fol­lowed the don­keys through the vil­lage and then re-en­acted the na­tiv­ity, with Char­lotte Rum­ble play­ing Mary and her hus­band Si­mon as Joseph.

Pup­peteers from West End Methodist Church also gave their own ren­di­tion of ‘Go tell it on the moun­tain that Je­sus Christ is born’.

He­len Plum­mer, Stan­hill Methodist church stew­ard, said: “We ap­pre­ci­ated a larger num­ber of peo­ple this year who turned out in the un­pre­dictable weather.

“The don­keys and the pup­pets added to the at­mos­phere of re-telling the event of the birth of Je­sus, which re­minds us all why we re­ally do cel­e­brate Christ­mas.”

Tor­ren­tial rain and strong winds failed to dampen the spir­its in Bax­en­den as vil­lage folk met on South­wood Drive.

Hyn­d­burn Mayor Mo­ham­mad Ayub switched on the lights on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, and Bax­en­den St John’s school also held their PTFA Christ­mas fair.

The Switch on Rish­ton event was also held on Satur­day with per­for­mances from the win­ners of ‘Rish­ton’s Got Ta­lent’ and band Snatch who do­nated their £250 fee to the Milly’s Smiles char­ity.

The lights were switched on by the fam­ily of Su­san Shaw and the event was opened by Coun Ayub and Town Crier Raw­den Kerr and led lo­cal church lead­ers.

Kate Walsh, group sec­re­tary, said it was the ‘best one yet’ and thanked every­one for their sup­port.

The res­i­dents of As­pen Fold in Oswaldtwistle also put on an im­pres­sive show of Christ­mas lights and were vis­ited by Fa­ther Christ­mas.

Above and be­low: Oswaldtwistle Christ­mas Lights Switch-on

Pic­ture by Franco Sanna

Christ­mas lights switch-on at As­pen Fold in Oswaldtwistle

Hyn­d­burn Mayor Mo­ham­mad Ayub pic­tured with res­i­dents at the Rish­ton Christ­mas Lights Switch and a cer­tain red-suited gen­tle­man gets in on the ac­tion

Above and right: Pic­tures from the Live Na­tiv­ity event at Stan­hill Methodist Church

Im­ages from the Bax­en­den Christ­mas Lights Switch-on

Pic­ture by Franco Sanna.

Santa and a young fan at the Christ­mas lights switch-on at As­pen Fold in Oswaldtwistle

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