Saddleworth villages shine with festive cheer for illuminations competition

SADDLEWORTH SHONE with festive cheer as homes and businesses brightened their windows for Christmas with lights and decorations.

The brightest of them all were picked out as winners for the annual Saddleworth Illuminations competition, run by the Parish Council.

Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr Neil Allsopp, OMBC and Saddleworth Parish Cllr Nikki Kirkham and the Clerk to Saddleworth Parish Council, Pam Bailey toured the villages to judge the displays.

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Winners gather at the Civic Hall to receive their awards from Saddleworth Parish Council chairman Neil Allsopp and his Lady Carol Allsopp

Cllr Allsopp said: “Every year homes and businesses throughout Saddleworth put on a great display at Christmas.

“This year’s were a knockout. Not only were they bright and cheery but you could see a great deal of thought had gone into them.

“There were the very bright, the more traditional, the quite modern, the very stylish and the downright quirky! All were attractive in their own way and we had a heck of a job awarding prizes.

“Thank you to everyone in Saddleworth who illuminates and decorates their businesses and homes for the rest of us to enjoy.

“During winter evenings when it is cold and dark, they add a bit of cheer and make the villages sparkle and I would love to see it continue for many years to come.”

The results of the competition are as follows:

Best Illuminated Shop Window
Winner: NK Hair, Uppermill
Runner Up: Lush, Austerlands

Best Decorated Shop Window
Winner: Shear Perfection, Delph
Runner Up: Blush Bridal Boutique, Uppermill

Best Residential Property
Winner: Mr & Mrs Percival,14 Clayton’s Close, Springhead
Runner Up: Mr & Mrs Powell, Phoenix House, Annisfield Avenue, Greenfield

Best Decorated Community
Winner: Clayton’s Close, Springhead
Runner Up: Delph Village

Best Illuminated Pub
Winner: The Swan, Dobcross
Runner Up: The Waggon, Uppermill


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