SLIDESHOW: Light spectacular as Barnsley is switched-on for Christmas

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Christmas began with a bang in Barnsley town centre - as fireworks followed the big switch-on.

Crowds gathered for the build-up and children’s TV favourite Pingu put everyone in a festive mood before Mayor Coun Ken Richardson and DJ Simon Hirst made the town centre shimmer and sparkle.

Barnsely Xmas Lights Switch on outside the Town Hall

Barnsely Xmas Lights Switch on outside the Town Hall

Earlier in the day children at Barnsley Hospital too sick to attend the switch-on had been visited on their ward by Pingu. The treat was arranged by Barnsley Council’s town centre team.