SADDLEWORTH was shining bright with festive cheer as homes and businesses dressed up their exteriors for the Parish Council’s annual Christmas Illuminations competition.
Residents and companies across the villages got into the spirit, adorning their windows with lights and decorations in a bid to win Best Shop Window, Best Pub / Licenced Premises, Best Residential Property, or Best Community.
Cllr Nicola Kirkham, chairman of the Parish Council was joined by Parish Councillors John Hudson and Pam Byrne, as well as Clerk to the Council Pam Bailey to pick out the best of the bunch.
Cllr Kirkham said: “As ever the standard of entries was very high and the judges’ decision was not easy.
“The Parish Council would like to thank all those who took part in the competition and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
The first ever Christmas lights competition run by Saddleworth Parish Council was in December 1985, under chairman David Needham. The Swan Inn at Delph won the best illuminated pub and Delph Chippy took the best lit shop.
BEST SHOP WINDOW
Winner: NK Hair Studio, 78 High Street, Uppermill
Highly Commended: Millgate Hair Studio, 5a Millgate, Delph
Commended: Pause a Second, 76 High Street, Uppermill
BEST PUB / LICENSED PREMISES
Winner: The King William IV, Chew Valley Road, Greenfield
Highly Commended: The White Lion, 1 Delph Lane, Delph
Commended: Uppermill Conservative Club, High Street, Uppermill
BEST RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Winner: Billy & Jess, 10 Heywood lane, Springhead
Highly Commended: Peter Percival, 14 Clayton’s Close, Springhead
Commended: Lyndsay Ley, 60 Burnedge Fold Road, Grasscroft
Winner: Wake Up Delph
Highly Commended: Clayton’s Close, Springhead