Christmas decorations go up in Sheffield as Boris Johnson prepares to announce new lockdown system

Christmas decorations, trees and lights have sprung up over the city as the country prepares to celebrate the festivities under Covid-19 restrictions for the first time.

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 2:21 pm

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have put up 300 of their annual snowflake decorations, which are donated by charities and businesses across the city.

The snowflakes will be switched on next month, but the Trust hopes the decorations will help spread some festive cheer before they are lit up.

In a post on Facebook, Sheffield Children’s said: “Thank you so much to the amazing Sheffield Children’s Estates team and everyone at Elev8 Access who have worked so hard this weekend to get the snowflakes up.

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Sheffield Children's Hospital have put up their annual Christmas lights.

“There are over 300 snowflakes on the side of our hospital so we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has sponsored a snowflake this year!

“You have helped us to make sure we finish this year in a really special way.

“The lights will be switched on at the beginning of December, but we hope just seeing them up makes you feel as festive as it has us!”

Outside Sheffield Town Hall on Pinstone Street in the city centre, the large Christmas tree has also been put up, despite the festive markets having been cancelled.

The lights will be switched on at the start of December.

It comes as the Prime Minister is set to outline what restrictions will be in place across the country over Christmas at 7pm tonight.

Boris Johnson, who is still self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who contracted coronavirus, will take part in the Downing Street press conference virtually.

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