Memories Of Batley Christmas Lights Switch On

On 26 November I got to wear my new Christmas jumper for the first time, at the Batley Christmas lights switch on, and whilst there was a bit of a chill in the air the weather was much kinder to us than last year, and the crowds once again packed the market place. It never fails to make me feel proud of our town to see so many people come out and help celebrate the switch on. As one “Batley” tweeter put it on social media – Wonderful show of support from all in #Batley. It was my pleasure this year, to help switch the lights on alongside Santa, the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees, Battler the Bulldog and our local MP Tracy Brabin.

The fun began at 1p.m when the Christmas market opened for business, with all sorts of goodies and treats on offer. Everything from crocheted soft toys to yummy cup cakes, Christmas decorative wreaths to jewellery. And some lovely refreshments to keep everyone warm.

The Pulse roadshow kept the crowds entertained from 4p.m onwards, with fun and games on stage and plenty of Christmas tunes to get everyone in the mood. Joining Paul Griffiths on stage were musicians from the Batley Music Centre, local singer Alexandra Carlos, and the Acorn Youth Theatre performing songs from their upcoming show Elf the musical. The Christmas message was delivered by Rev Deborah Wainwright.

Many thank yous are due to everyone who works so very hard to make the event the success it is. To all the volunteers who give their time to help out not just on the day but the organising before hand. In particular Mr Richard “Christmas” Martin who has organised the day on behalf of the BBA for many years now. To Jayne Pearson and her team from Kirklees Council, to the guys from Pulse. And of course to the main man himself Father Christmas.

So, I take this opportunity to wish everybody the happiest of Christmases and a prosperous New Year from myself and colleagues at the Batley Business Association.

First published in the Batley News on 01 December 2016