THIS coming weekend’s Christmas Festival 2018 in Leyland is set to be the biggest yet – if the enthusiastic Leyland Town Team’s plans work out.
After working tirelessly throughout the year, the Team, which is made up of local business people, have issued a rallying cry ahead of the big ‘Switch -Ons’ on Friday and Saturday (November 23 and 24).
Team leader Martin Carlin says: “Now the trees are up, it’s all hands on deck for the main event, the event we are so passionate about, the event we raise money for all year round. Let’s make this year the best, with the help of you coming out on day and supporting us, therefore, we can sprinkle stardust over Leyland.”
Once again, the Leyland Christmas Festival ‘warm-up’ takes place at Leyland Cross (near Tesco) on Friday night from 5pm until 6.30pm. Spectators gathering around the impressive Christmas tree will be entertained, in true festive fashion, by the celebrated Lostock Hall Brass Band the One Voice Choir.
Following the festive singalong, at 5.20pm the Christmas Lights will be switched on – signalling the start of Christmas in Leyland – and this will be followed by refreshments, and more music, in St Andrew’s Church.
On Saturday November 24 Hough Lane and the town centre will be closed off as the main festival and celebrity switch-on takes place.
There will be funfair activities, Santa’s Grotto and the usual festive craft and gift stalls, along with the best of local food and drink outlets. Leyland URC Church will be hosting children’s activities, with accompanying stalls in the church. And at 4.15pm there will be a Christingle Service, all are welcome. In Leyland Market, there will be Face Painting, a Treasure Trail, Tombola and much more to enjoy.
Throughout the afternoon, visitors will be entertained with a full programme of performances planned for the main stage situated on Hough Lane. At 5.25pm, this year’s celebrity guest, Emmerdale star Danny Miller (pictured), will be presented on stage before he is invited to throw the switch and ‘Light Up Leyland’ at 5.30pm.
Once again, visitors are asked to look out for ‘Saffie’s Star’ the town’s tribute to Saffie Roussos, the little ‘princess’ who tragically lost her life in the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack. The pink star is situated outside the former Roussos family fish and chip business on Hough Lane.
Following the switch on, live music will continue with performances from the Bines Band, including their UK chart single.
An extra Festival feature this year includes the newly refurbished British Commercial Vehicle Museum on King Street. Why not take the chance of a sneaky preview of the fantastic new look museum at the heart of our town? The new shop and café will be open, along with even more stalls on offer for you to browse.
Leyland Town Team have worked hard in tandem with South Ribble Borough Council and the Festival sponsors to make Leyland Christmas Festival 2018 a really special and successful event.
A Team spokesman said: “Let’s make some noise! The weather forecast is looking good for this Saturdays annual Christmas festival, so let’s spread the word, share this post, tag people, like it, let’s put the word out as far as we can. Let’s get a huge crowd, let’s get the biggest crowd we’ve ever seen. let’s put Leyland right on the map.”