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We’re switched on to the festive season

Eckington Christmas Light switch-on - Suzanne Blagg with sons Sam and William in fron of the decorated tree

Eckington Christmas Light switch-on - Suzanne Blagg with sons Sam and William in fron of the decorated tree

 

South Yorkshire went Christmas crazy as the region was lit up in a host of festive light switch-ons.

Residents of Penistone kicked off their festive celebrations with a market – featuring food, stalls and a carol concert - before Santa himself visited the town to switch the Christmas lights on late in the day on Saturday.

Ian Teesdale, of event organisers Penistone Round Table, said: “It’s always such a delight to see the Market Barn festooned in all its Christmas glory.”

Down the road in Stocksbridge, residents gathered to get into the Christmas spirit.

There was festive music from Deepcar Brass Band and the Waldershelf singers, before Coun Alison Brelsford, town mayor, switched on the town’s lights.

Meanwhile in Eckington, after months of work, the town finally unveiled its much-anticipated Santa’s Grotto.

Margaret Fry, town team secretary, said: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe-themed Grotto sees visitors enter through the doors of the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia.

“It took weeks to construct and decorate and we’re just thrilled with the final result.

“It would spoil the effect to reveal too much so I’ll simply say this is a grotto that adults will enjoy just as much as the children they accompany.”

Friday night’s festive celebrations also included a snowman trail, a fancy dress competition, stalls, rides, a best-dressed shop window contest and the switch-on of the town’s Christmas tree lights.

A children’s choir also performed an original song, ‘It ain’t going to be no Silent Night,’ written by Renishaw resident Carol White.

A specially-built Advent Calendar will be on display in the town’s Christmas Shop window, with drawings by local schoolchildren, in the run-up to Christmas.

 

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