Lights switched on despite bad weather

Ellen Piper switching on the lights with Rotarian Eddie Armstrong, her parents, MC David Milligan, Coun Gary Bell, Mayor Norma Redfearn and Rotary President Archie McGlynn.

Ellen Piper switching on the lights with Rotarian Eddie Armstrong, her parents, MC David Milligan, Coun Gary Bell, Mayor Norma Redfearn and Rotary President Archie McGlynn.

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Strong winds and driving rain disrupted the switching on of a village’s Christmas lights.

For only the second time in 21 years, the annual Rotary Club lighting of the tree ceremony was moved into the King’s Hall at Kings Priory School.

School staff swiftly created a Bethlehem night scene and guests and children gathered around the Christmas tree.

Rotary Club president Archie McGlynn said: “Our tree shines brightly throughout the festive season in the heart of the village and we must thank the council workers for erecting rigging and providing the lights.

“The lighting of the Christmas tree and the carol service is one of our best yearly events and seeing the faces of the children is apt reward for all of the hard work that goes into organising such an event.”

The crowds came in large numbers to support the evening and, with the band of the Salvation Army, the school choristers and Years 3/4 choirs led the singing.

The lights were switched on by Ellen Piper, a Year 4 pupil at King’s Priory School.