WE went down to Cleckheaton on Saturday November 19 for the switching on of the Christmas lights.
We had a lovely time. As we arrived at 5pm Northgate was populated by people walking downwards towards where the Savoy cinema used to be.
Down Albion Street were people, lights, music, stalls – it reminded me of the 1970s when a night out in Cleckheaton was a thing not to be missed (which is probably why my wife and I had too many of them!) but it looked even better.
We sat outside the Obediah Brooke facing the town hall, which was lit up. On our left were market stalls.
Around us were families relaxing. On the green in front of the town hall there was a popular music band playing.
The evening was not cold, the atmosphere was one of celebration.
We had a glass of wine and soaked up the atmosphere.
Soon afterwards all traffic stopped and a marching band came by with at least five times as many followers. Children played with light sabres.
The band played Star Wars. Wow! Besides the revelries I saw three old friends. It was a really nice evening.
I think next year could be even better. I did not see many old folk and maybe they need help to be part of it.
It would be nice in Cleckheaton boasted even more Christmas lights. Whoever as put this much work in this year needs congratulating – it was the best we have seen in many years.