Saddleworth shines with festive cheer after annual light switch-ons

SADDLEWORTH IS shining bright for Christmas after villagers of all ages gathered to enjoy their annual switch-on events.

Springhead started the events, with locals gathering to sing carols accompanied by Lees Band before a special performance by Springhead Infants and Nursery choir.

Santa was on hand for the official lighting up of the tree, before guests enjoyed refreshments and activities at the community centre.

In Greenfield, residents came together in the centre of the village to sing carols led by the local primary schools before the lights on the tree were switched on.

Santa’s next visit was to Uppermill where his sleigh was pulled down the High Street by Saddleworth Morris Men to the tree in the Square.

There was brass band music and carols from St Chad’s School before the switch-on and a fantastic fireworks finale.

In Lees, locals gathered on the High Street to sing Christmas carols and then see the tree illuminated for the festive season.

Special guest football legend Joe Royle plunged the switch in Delph to light up each of their three Christmas trees and street lights.

There was entertainment including the Oldham Scottish Pipe Band and rousing carols for all to join in with.

In Dobcross, villages filled the Square to turn on their lights, with entertainment from Brass Monkeys as well, followed by the DVC’s Christmas Quiz in the band club.

Record numbers of locals gathered in Diggle to enjoy carols, fireworks and the tree lighting ceremony.

Pupils from Diggle Primary School choir started the festivities with a selection of carols at Diggle Band Club before a procession to the Christmas tree where competition winners, Jane Anderson and Dylan Jackson turned on the lights.

Diggle Primary School Christmas competition winners Dylan Jackson and Jane Anderson turning on the Christmas lights. Picture (C) Stuart Coleman Photography

Young and old surrounded Denshaw’s Christmas tree outside Oddfellows for festivities and fun before the annual switch-on.

And in Grotton Santa switched on the lights after residents filled the air with hearty Christmas carols.

And Santa was back in Lydgate to light up the tree and greet the residents, before they enjoyed refreshments.


Meanwhile, creatures great and small were decked in festive attire for the annual Horseman’s Carol Service at Friezland Equestrian Arena in Greenfield.

Organised by Friezland User Group, the service included readings from local councillors Alan Belmore and John McCann as well as Debbie Abrahams MP, rousing hymns accompanied by Oldham Music Centre Wind Ensemble and a blessing for the animals.

Meanwhile, festive cheer was brought to The Kingfisher restaurant in Greenfield thanks to local pupils.

The youngsters from Greenfield Primary School, on Shaw Street, decked out the walls with bright posters and decorations ready for the Christmas period.

Greenfield Primary kingfisher
(Picture by Carl Royle)


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