Festive cheer set to light up our towns

FESTIVE cheer will brighten the district’s skies next week with the Christmas lights switch-on.

Pontefract will be the first to see its town centre light up, with the excitement kicking off on Monday November 26.

Market traders will be selling gifts and treats as well as hot food and drink from 10am.

Live entertainment begins at 12.30pm in Market Place with performances from former Don’t Stop Believing TV contestant, Lucas Primmer, local act Laura Ellis and Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band.

Ward councillors will flick the light switch at 6.30pm.

Castleford Coun Denise Jeffery will turn on the Christmas lights in Carlton Street, Castleford at 6.30pm on Tuesday November 27.

The town’s market will be open from 10am to 6.30pm and a live show featuring Lucas Primmer, Castleford Dance Troupe and the Castleford Tigers’ cheerleaders will begin at 4.30pm.

Coun Jeffery said: “The festive season is nearly upon us and the switch-ons are a great way to boost everyone’s spirits and bring more people into our town centres.

“I’m really pleased to be switching the lights on in Castleford and I’m sure it will be a great event.”

In Featherstone, town mayor Coun Margaret Isherwood will light up Station Lane at 6pm with help from gala queen Danya Taylor and Featherstone Rovers players.

Santa Claus will then take a sleigh ride down Station Lane to the precinct escorted by performers from Starlight Dance Academy and the town’s first team rugby players.

There will be performances from the dance academy and school choirs and shoppers can pick up last minute gifts between 4pm to 7pm at charity stalls in Wilson Street Methodist Church or the library community hall.