THOUSANDS of people filled the streets of Cleckheaton to see the town illuminated in sparkling festive lights.
The Christmas lights switch on attracted more than 6,000 people to the town on Saturday – and chamber of trade president Viv Laycock praised the ‘tireless’ hard work of many volunteers who put the event together.
She said: “It was absolutely fantastic. I’ve had lots of texts, emails and phone calls from people which are all excellent.
“The whole thing was done by volunteers giving up their time and effort and putting on a spectacular event. This has been 52 weeks of work. We got £2,254 from the council and the other £5,000 we have raised ourselves.
“The majority of the work has been done by people giving their time for free. Without them it wouldn’t have gone ahead.
“It is down to the generosity of the people in Cleckheaton that we could run the raffle. Local businesses filled 27 stalls and they all brought trade to the town.
“It is a community event that has just got bigger and better.”
Entertainment was provided on the night by Martin Lamb, and the lights were installed by Castle Casings.
Herbert’s fun fair kept children entertained, and Tracey Oldroyd from Whitcliffe Mount School got schools together to build Santa’s grotto.Duncan Ellis from Low Farm pulled Santa on his tractor.
Mrs Laycock thanked police and Kirklees Council as well as all the volunteers for their hard work.
l The luxury hamper prize was won by ticket number 385. To claim call Louise Britton on 01274 861201.
Raffle winners were 0318, 2282, 2440, 0027, 3156 and 0161. Prizes can be collected from Junction Twenty Six Bed Shop, at Moorend.