Celebrating the Red Rose with an illuminating day

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Ian Sunley from Bumbly Bees with some of his festive decorations. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.
Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Ian Sunley from Bumbly Bees with some of his festive decorations. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.
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Nelson marked Lancashire Day with Red Rose themed activities and the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

The event was officially opened by The Mayor of Pendle Coun. Rosemary Carroll and her Mayoress Carol Belshaw-Goulthorp and a steady flow of visitors streamed into the town centre throughout the day.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Bailey and Daisy Watson get a hug from Colne Children's Centre mascot, Barnaby Bear. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Bailey and Daisy Watson get a hug from Colne Children's Centre mascot, Barnaby Bear. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Acting Town Crier, Vic Watson, provided the Lancashire Day Proclamation every hour and introduced the live acts to the stage which started with Nelson Brass Band and followed by Phil Knight and Friends singing traditional Lancashire songs.

The Punjabi Roots Academy gave a dance display and Punjabi Dancing workshops and the Dirty Suns Band rounded off with an hour and a half set.

A dozen stalls offered hot food, free face painting and henna tattoos, Christmas gifts and wreaths, and the Punch and Judy shows were well received.

LJS Funfairs again provided three rides for the children which were constantly in use all day and thoroughly enjoyed.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Lancashire comedian Phil Knight entertains the crowd. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Lancashire comedian Phil Knight entertains the crowd. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Coun. Nazeem Hayat said: “The event culminated in our Christmas Light switch on at 6pm with the Bradley School Choir singing us up to the switch on. The Mayor did the switch on with the children from Bradley Primary School who each received a present as thanks for attending.

“The event ran smoothly with everyone enjoying the celebrations of Lancashire Day. The town centre remained busy all day and local shops enjoyed a boost in business.

“The young people from Marsden Heights Community College’s Positive Voices Group help throughout the day, moving tables and chairs, stewarding the rides, answering questions and generally being helpful.”

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Honorary town cryer Vic Watson from Huddersfield has fun on one of the fairground rides. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Honorary town cryer Vic Watson from Huddersfield has fun on one of the fairground rides. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Louisa Thomas with some of her gingerbread festive treats. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Louisa Thomas with some of her gingerbread festive treats. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Members of the Nelson Brass Band entertained the crowd and tried to keep warm. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Nelson Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating with the lights being switched on. Members of the Nelson Brass Band entertained the crowd and tried to keep warm. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.