Towns’ sparkling lights

Pontefract Christmas lights switch on 2012.
Pontefract Christmas lights switch on 2012.

REVELLERS were treated to a dazzling display at three towns’ Christmas lights-switch on this week.

Hundreds of people braved the wet weather on Monday to see Pontefract’s historic town centre light up in the spirit of the season.

Kelsie Ann Wallis and Sascha-Lee Sibary.

Kelsie Ann Wallis and Sascha-Lee Sibary.

Ward councillors had the honour of flicking the festive switch which saw lights twinkle in Market Place, Ropergate and Cornmarket.

District councillor Geoff Walsh said: “Under the circumstances – considering the weather – it was amazing. There were a lot of people out and they were resolutely making the best of it.

“The people who performed were great but the public who turned up were magnificent.”

Market traders were selling gifts and treats as well as hot food and drink while live entertainment kicked off at 12.30pm.

Shannon Lacey Scott

Shannon Lacey Scott

Members of the cast of Wakefield Theatre Royal’s pantomime Cinderella made an appearance and youngsters took a spin on the fairground rides while smiling children waved their glow sticks in excitement.

In Castleford, the town’s skies sparkled as ward councillor Denise Jeffery turned on thousands of twinkling bulbs.

Residents were treated to a live show from TV singer Lucas Primmer, Castleford Dance Troupe and the Castleford Tigers’ cheerleaders.

Coun Jeffery said: “I would like to thank everyone who braved the cold weather to come and watch the Christmas light switch-on and made it such a cheerful and festive occasion.

Castleford Christmas lights switch on 2012

Castleford Christmas lights switch on 2012

“Castleford is now lit up and ready for Christmas.”

Featherstone glittered last night as the town’s mayor Coun Margaret Isherwood helped light up Station Late.

See next week’s Express for photographs.

Sarah Wright and Ryan Farrar with baby Oliver.

Sarah Wright and Ryan Farrar with baby Oliver.