Date: 8th December 2020

WINSFORD Town Council is to switch on its Christmas lights ready for the start of the festive period this year.

At 4pm on Friday 27th November 2020 at 4pm, the Winsford Town Mayor – Cllr Don Beckett – will switch on the lights in a small ceremony filmed live and shown on Facebook.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Town Council and its partners have been unable to hold the usual switch on event on the old High Street in Winsford and have had to make alternative arrangements.

The Mayor said, “I’m very happy to be switching on the Christmas lights, but I’m also very sad that there won’t be anyone there to witness it.”
“Due to the pandemic we have been unable to hold our usual event and that is a real shame”.

“At this point, we would normally be planning the event, getting everything ready and preparing to welcome hundreds of Winsford residents to kick off the Christmas period”.

The Mayor concluded by saying, “to not be able to do that and for everyone to enjoy the switch on is almost too much to bear – we can only hope that next year will see things back to normal”.

The town’s Christmas lights will be in their usual positions along the High Street in Winsford and on Dene Drive and Wharton Hill.

In addition to arranging for the lights to be installed and switched on, the Town Council has also invested in some new lights and also there will be lights in additional locations in the town as well as lights on the town’s Christmas tree.

Town Clerk Mark Bailey said “being able to have the lights in place is one of the few ‘normal’ things we have been able to do this year. We ask that people keep away from the switch on this Friday, but we hope that they will enjoy the lights over the festive period. We would like to pay special tribute to our contractors – the Christmas Decorators in Knutsford – who have done their usual great work during very difficult and trying times”.