Hundreds turn out for West Bridgford Christmas lights switch-on

Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr Barrie Cooper and Santa
Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr Barrie Cooper and Santa

Hundreds of people descended on Central Avenue and Gordon Square on Saturday (December 2) for the West Bridgford Christmas lights switch-on. 

The Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr Barrie Cooper and Gem106’s Jo and Sparky launched the annual festive lights together with Royston and Lund estate agents as a spectacular fireworks show completed the big switch on at 5pm.

Sponsors Royston and Lund gave away mince pies and mulled wine whilst raising funds for The Friary drop in centre
Sponsors Royston and Lund gave away mince pies and mulled wine whilst raising funds for The Friary drop in centre
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Over 40 street light columns make up this year’s features from Bridgford Road through to Gordon Road to add a cheery sparkle for shoppers between now and January.

Local singers and bands, street theatre entertainers, santa’s grotto, a children’s fairground and a free mini ice rink were all hugely popular with local residents and visitors throughout the day.

The adjacent Christmas Market took on a continental feel this year as it hosted a YouNG Goes Euro Market with young entrepreneurs from Italy, Slovakia and Poland joining British young people to trade and develop their business skills.

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The Croquet Lawn based festive market saw traders busy all day selling Christmas gifts, crafts, novelties and festive food.

Christmas market throughout Saturday on Central Avenue and Gordon Road
Christmas market on Central Avenue and Gordon Road

The Deputy Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Debbie Mason said: “This was another wonderful lights switch on to welcome Christmas to West Bridgford and this part of Rushcliffe.

“Thank you to the thousands of people from local communities who came along and supported this event and local traders. It’s an important time of year for our businesses and as a council we want to continue to ensure events of this nature support the growth of the local economy.”

 

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