Crowds set for Starbeck Christmas lights event

NADV 1211301AM2 Starbeck Xmas Lights switch on.Kaci Clarke(6), Tia Pearson(8mons) and Shannon Pearson(7) meet Father Christmas.  (1211301AM2)

NADV 1211301AM2 Starbeck Xmas Lights switch on.Kaci Clarke(6), Tia Pearson(8mons) and Shannon Pearson(7) meet Father Christmas. (1211301AM2)

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Excitement is building ahead of the big Christmas lights switch-on in Starbeck tomorrow night (Friday).

Crowds are to gather for the festivities with Stray FM from 5pm, with the lights to be formally switched on from around 7pm.

And, for the first time, one lucky resident is to be offered the chance to turn on the lights, with the winner to be plucked from a hat.

“We’ve had quite a few entries already,” said Jo Nolan, one of the organisers.

“It’s all good fun, and this is one of Starbeck’s big events of the year.”

Traditionally, the lights are turned on by the Starbeck Gala Queen, but the committee was left short after this year’s gala was cancelled. Instead, they are to sell tickets, at 50p a time, with one to be plucked from a hat.

“The lights are ready, it’s a fun night, and we’re all looking forward to it,” said Mrs Nolan.

“It’s so lovely to see people turn out for a community event like this. So long as the weather holds, and it is forecast to be clear but cold, it will be a great night.”

Funding for the lights is down this year, after the committee’s annual Starbeck gala was cancelled this summer.

But organisers say they have done their best to brighten up the High Street, and are hoping it will help to make the area feel more festive.

“They might not be as bright as in previous years, but I hope the community will see we’ve done the best we can with the money we’ve got. said Mrs Nolan.

“Our motto now is ‘bigger and brighter’ and that’s our aim for next year.”