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18 NOV

Town set to be illuminated for the festive season

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A Moorlands town’s annual festive event is set to be scaled back amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19. The Leek Lights Switch On Event will be taking place this Friday (November 19) but there will not be a grand count down this year – in a bid not to have a mass crowd gathered all in one place.

A Moorlands town’s annual festive event is set to be scaled back amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19.

The Leek Lights Switch On Event will be taking place this Friday (November 19) but there will not be a grand count down this year – in a bid not to have a mass crowd gathered all in one place.

Instead the lights will come on at dusk, as they do every day in the run up to the big day.

The festivities will also not include the traditional parade led by Father Christmas. However, there will still be lots of fun for all the family to enjoy from community stalls in the Market Place, fun fair rides by John Collins in the High Street Car Park, and there will also be a Moorlands Radio stage in Derby Street where local band The Sound Party will be entertaining town centre visitors.

The event, which is organised by the Leek Town Council Events Committee, will start at around 6pm and go on until around 8.15pm.

Councillor Matt Swindlehurst, of the Leek Town Council Events Committee, said: “Throughout the planning of this event we have taken advice from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Safety Advisory Group, and Staffordshire County Council’s Covid committee.

Levels of Covid remain very high, both in the town, and the surrounding area. This situation, coupled with the potential for large numbers attending this popular event, informed our discussion at a town council meeting.

It has been decided therefore to make it a smaller event than previously. There will be no parade, and the community groups’ gazebos will all be situated in the market place where there will also be live music.”

Cllr Swindlehurst continued: The Salvation Army band will be performing and the North Staffs Storm Troopers will be collecting for Douglas Macmillan in memory of James ‘Locko’ Lockett.
“There will be food stalls dotted around the place, and all the usual takeaways, pubs and restaurants will be there for
people to enjoy.
“Sparrow Park will host the us
ual stage, with Moorlands Radio and live music, between 6pm and around 8.15pm. Music band The Sound Party will be on about 7pm.
“In addition, Santa’s Grotto will be located near to the Co-op Bank; and we are planning a laser show to run along Derby Street from 6pm onwards, lighting up the buildings.

So wherever you are there should be plenty to do and see.
“We are grateful to Leek Link Taxis and Leek United Building Society in help with sponsorship for the event, and we want town centre visitors to play their part as well – we are encouraging people to take a test before they visit, give themselves plenty of time, and try to avoid very crowded areas, and good advice is to wear a mask.

Remember to get vaccinated and, above all, be kind to each other.

Leek’s a safe, friendly town. Let’s do everything we can to keep it that way.”

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