Festive cheer comes to Saddleworth as villages turn on Christmas lights

FESTIVE cheer shone bright through Saddleworth as communities came together for their annual Christmas Lights Switch Ons.

The first village to turn on their lights was Greenfield, where around 100 locals gathered around the tree and sang carols, led by children from local schools and accompanied by Boarshurst Band.

Then popular actor John Henshaw switched on the lights before everyone visited the Band Club for refreshments, kindly provided by Tesco’s Greenfield.

At Springhead, the sound of Springhead Infants School sang filled the skies as their choir sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Locals joined in more rousing carols, accompanied by Diggle Brass Band, before Father Christmas switched on the lights.

At Uppermill, the usual Winter Wonderland festivities saw locals flood the high streets to enjoy an afternoon of stalls and activities.

Then Saddleworth Morris Men pulled Santa’s sleigh up to the square, where everyone gathered to sing carols before the switch-on and a fireworks finale.

Santa then dashed down to Lees to turn on their lights as residents of all ages gathered for the annual spectacle.

Santa in Lees (picture by Carl Royle)

In Delph, shops and homes were dressed with Christmas displays of lights and trees to bring festive spirit to the village.

Locals gathered for the switch-on of the main tree lights, with the event starting with entertainment from Oldham Scottish Pipe Band.

Then they processed to the tree and sang carols before the button was plunged to illuminate the tree, followed by a fireworks finale.

Meanwhile, locals at Grotton were in fine voice as they sang carols, accompanied by Lees Band, before Santa helped to switch on the tree lights.

In Diggle, VIP guests Cara Hamilton, Millie Tomlin and Jack Ellis, who are pupils at Diggle School, turned on the Christmas lights.

They won the honour, along with a book each, after taking part in Diggle Community Association Christmas competition.

Cara Hamilton, Millie Tomlin and Jack Ellis who switched on the lights in Diggle (Picture by Stuart Coleman Photography)

The mulled wine was flowing in Denshaw and families gathered for performances Delph Band, Oldham Music Centre, Wild Things, and local school children before the lights were switched on.

Barrie and Christina from The Junction Inn donated £400 towards the cost of the tree, and also served up a special Switch On Menu for locals to tuck in to.

And the village square in Dobcross was aglow with lights as residents turned out in force for their switch.

They sang carols, accompanied by the band, before many enjoyed the annual quiz at the Band Club.

Lydgate was the last village to switch on their lights as residents braved hail and rain to turn out for the event.

Jennifer Greenwood, chair of Love Lydgate, thanked the community for their attendance, and help throughout the year before the lights were switched on by Saddleworth Rotary Club President Barbara Howse and special guests, residents Charlie and Ben.

Then villagers went to St Anne’s church hall for refreshments and to meet Father Christmas, who had swapped his sleigh for a shiny red convertible for the evening.

Barbara Howse switched on the lights with Charlie and Ben


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