Town’s a-twinkling for Christmas

GOOD ELF!: Debbie Morton enjoys the event. (d312a249)
GOOD ELF!: Debbie Morton enjoys the event. (d312a249)

Hundreds of people descended on the town on Wednesday to enjoy the sights. Heckmondwike’s Christmas lights were the first in the country and the first event took place in 1868.

Santa Claus arrived on his sleigh along with his elves to give out presents to children in his grotto in the Green.

HO HO HO: Joy Thompson and her son Oliver meet Santa Claus and his helper. (d312b249)

HO HO HO: Joy Thompson and her son Oliver meet Santa Claus and his helper. (d312b249)

Danny Mylo from Pulse Radio pushed the button to switch on the lights, and children enjoyed funfair rides, games and competitions.

Carol singers entertained the crowds with festive songs.

Organiser Howard Cook said: “The event was one of the best we have had. The town was packed.

“We had 200 presents to give out in Santa’s grotto and they all went. Heckmondwike Rotary Club and Heckmondwike Chamber of Trade worked on that.”
Howard said he wanted to thank a group of young Asian men and women who helped pack up stalls and clear up after the event.

FEELING FESTIVE: Jayne Staveley and Danny Balme from Ponderosa. (d312c249)

FEELING FESTIVE: Jayne Staveley and Danny Balme from Ponderosa. (d312c249)

He said: “They all had their photo taken with Santa Claus and then everyone got stuck in to help clear up. It was great to see everyone getting stuck in together.”

CHRISTMAS COPS: PC Nick O'Melia and PC Chris Birkenshaw. (d312d249)

CHRISTMAS COPS: PC Nick O'Melia and PC Chris Birkenshaw. (d312d249)

SMILES: Mohammed and Urooj Ali. (d312e249)

SMILES: Mohammed and Urooj Ali. (d312e249)

FUN: Victoria Gormley and daughter Demi-May enjoy the lights. (d312f249)

FUN: Victoria Gormley and daughter Demi-May enjoy the lights. (d312f249)

WHEEE!: Children enjoy the rides. (d312g249)

WHEEE!: Children enjoy the rides. (d312g249)