Rossendale Free Press

Mayor’s festive tree-t

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DANCERS Coconutter­s and the Mayor and the Mayoress of Rossendale joined the fairy, elves and Pervaz Iqbal from Premier School Street News to celebrate the switch-on of the Christmas lights on the tree on Newchurch Road.

The money for the lights was raised five years ago by Stackstead­s Countrysid­e Park Group, and since then an annual event has been organised with samosas, mince pies and mulled wine provided by Mr Iqbal.

Councillor Andrew Walmsley provided the music and commentary for the event which attracted around 80 local residents.

Danielle Ashworth, one of the organisers of the event, said: “We have a very small committee working hard to organise community events and this is one of our favourites – it gets everyone in the mood for the carol service in a couple of weeks’ time!”

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