Chapel St Leonards Christmas lights switch on

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The Christmas lights are switched on in Chapel St Leonards on Saturday, December 6 and this year the event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Building on the success of previous years, the parish council has pulled out all of the stops to make it a fantastic start to the festive period for residents, businesses and visitors.

The festivities will take place in the centre of the village next to the Village Green, and start at 5pm.

Father Christmas is so impressed, that he has promised to attend and assisted by his elves, will be distributing presents to all of the girls and boys who are there from 5.30pm (providing they have been good throughout the year).

For the grown ups, the presence of various stalls will be an added attraction, and a barbecue, mulled wine and mince pies will take care of any hunger pangs and repel the cold. The ever popular Alford Silver Band will be entertaining the crowd with a selection of Christmas songs, as well as providing the backing for the community carol singing.

The lights on the Christmas tree and around the Village Green will be switched on 6pm, by the vicar of Chapel St Leonards and Hogsthorpe, Rev Father Terry Bardell.

Council vice chairman and prime organiser Coun Terry Barrs said: “The parish council has been organising the Christmas lights switch on in Chapel since 2004. We have gone from strength to strength since then, and this year’s event looks to be the best yet. A lot of effort has been put into making it a great occasion, but mindful of the current economy, it has all been done at minimal cost to the community.”

Council Chairman, Coun Mel Turton-Leivers added: “A lot of hard work has been done by the parish council over the last twelve months in making Chapel St Leonards a better place to live or to visit. Much of that work is undertaken without a great deal of fuss and often goes unseen. This is an opportunity for the community to come together with the council and celebrate the start of the festive period. Everyone will be welcome, whether they are Chapel residents or not. And I am sure that we will all have a great time.”