Christmas starts here

South Elmsall Light Switch on 2011
South Elmsall Light Switch on 2011

THE FESTIVE season officially began in South Elmsall last Wednesday as the Christmas lights were switched on.

Hundreds of families attended the fun-filled night to see Barnsley Road lit up with colourful lights.

Triplets Murray, Ellie and Niamh Phillip from Carlton J&I School, Tye Walker from Moorthorpe Primary School, and Kiea Ward from Ash Grove J&I School all came together to turn the lights on.

St Jospeph’s Catholic Primary School choir entertained the crowds of people with a variety of seasonal songs.

There were also fairground rides, games and charity stalls on the market.

Peter and Betty Finneran, of Elder Drive, Upton, went with their granddaughter, Luca, seven.

Mr Finneran, 64, said: “It’s a brilliant night. It’s a great event for the local people. It’s a night where you can forget all your worries and just let your hair down.”

Ashley Drury, of Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, took her two daughters, two-year-old Darcie, and six-month-old Sienna.

She said: “There isn’t a lot for the kids around here so this is a great night for them to enjoy themselves. And the lights are absolutely fantastic.

“I have been every year since I was a kid. It’s nice for the community to get together.”

The night was organised by the South Elmsall Town Centre Partnership, and the Mayor of South Elmsall Town Council Peter Jordan thanked them for their hard work.

Coun Jordan said: “Their work along with many volunteers, and co-operation from local businesses and the public have made this evening a night to remember. I am very grateful for everything they have done to help.

“The light switch-on is a local tradition, it really brightens the town up and gives it life.”

The town council funded the trees that decorated the shops on Barnsley Road.

Brenda Graham, secretary of the town centre partnership said: “It was a fantastic night, and everyone really loved it. This town needs this kind of thing. It has really got people into the festive spirit.”

Doreen Gray, chair of the partnership thanked Irene Littler and Christine Coleman for their help providing food and refreshments.

l See next week’s Express for Hemsworth’s lights switch-on.