Dutch tree lights idea to show loved ones you care on Christmas Day.

Dutch tree lights idea to show loved ones you care on Christmas Day.
Dutch tree lights idea to show loved ones you care on Christmas Day.

The "Lights of Love" project has been introduced for the first time at Christ Church in Keighley Road, Colne. People can buy a bulb that will be lit on the Christmas tree on display outside the church.

Each one costs £5 and a Christmas card will be sent to each of the people the light is being lit for to let them know their loved ones are thinking of them.

They could be overseas, at the other side of the world or the other end of the country.

The idea was introduced by new parishioner Mrs Janet Blaauw who has brought the idea from Holland, her home for the past 20 years. A native of Yorkshire she returned to England 18 months ago and has settled in Laneshaw Bridge.

The Lights launch ceremony was held last night and the annual Christmas Tree festival takes place at the church today (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm and tomorrow between 1pm and 4pm. The advent service also takes place tomorrow at 3pm.

There will be a host of entertainment throughout the weekend including live music from Pendle Civic junior choir, festive stalls, a carol service, seasonal food and mulled wine

Anyone who would like to buy one of the bulbs can do so throughout December. For details of how to do this contact Janet on 07763514407.

Or if you would like more information go to facebook.com/christchurchcolne.