Free parking day for St Nicholas festival

The Lantern Parade in Pateley Bridge in 2010. (s)

The Lantern Parade in Pateley Bridge in 2010. (s)

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Harrogate Borough Council is to introduce one free parking day in Pateley Bridge to coincide with the Nidderdale St Nicholas Festival.

There will be no charge to park in council run car parks on Friday, December 7 when the town will also enjoy late night shopping and the Lantern Parade.

Harrogate Borough Council estimated the initiative would cost them £140 in lost revenue, however the report presented to the council on November 21 said: “The proposal is most likely to deliver positive outcomes for the market towns particularly if linked to local initiatives for example carol singing and increased retailers open.”

Plans are well under way for this year’s Nidderdale St Nicholas Festival Weekend.

St Cuthbert’s Junior School Choir and band will start the festivities playing in the High Street at 5.15pm and local retailers are opening late into the evening for Christmas shopping.

The lantern parade with a starry starry night theme will parade with the Tewit Youth Band, leaving the Auction Mart at 6pm and weaving its way through the streets to The Old Workhouse where the Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Band will play from 6.30pm.

On Saturday the Memorial Hall will host the St Nicholas Fair with music and stalls, and organised walks have been planned.

The Knaresborough Mummers, Darley Buds, the Community Orchestra and Mike Campbell-Cole will be entertaining the crowds on Saturday afternoon.

The Masonic Hall will host an arts and crafts fair throughout the weekend and on Sunday afternoon the Auction Mart will host a family event with Santa and his reindeer.

Throughout the weekend there will be lighting displays along the river and at the Coldstones Cut Illuminations from 5pm.

Event programmes are availible from local venues including the Playhouse, The Old Granary, The Royal Oak and Tourist Information Offices.