Thousands flock to Egremont for light switch on

By Rachael Grealish
THOUSANDS packed the streets of Egremont as the town turned into a winter wonderland for the Christmas Light Switch On.

Thousands flock: Faux-snow was forecast to cover the thousands that gathered for the festivites - photo by Robert Hailw

Thousands flock: Faux-snow was forecast to cover the thousands that gathered for the festivites – photo by Robert Haile – full gallery below

The event, which took place on Sunday November 27, was hailed a huge success by organisers as thousands gathered for the festivities.

Gary Mason, of the Mason Bro Ltd, had the honours of switching on the lights due to his commitment, sponsorship and support of the event.

Mr Mason said: “I feel very proud to have switched on the lights – I’ve lived here my whole life, been in business 33 years and it’s brilliant to see everyone turn out in the community to enjoy and support the event.”

Over 60 food and craft stalls, reindeers, a petting zoo, rides and a giant snow globe- that event-goers were able to have their photo taken in –  were all available to enjoy.

The petting zoo, which featured a meerkat, owl and a tanooki, was a popular attraction as hundreds packed into the Market Hall to get a chance at cuddling the creatures.

On the CFM stage entertainment was provided by various local talent and dance groups including: Bookwell School Choir, D’Bleeding Blagards, Whitehaven Theatre Group and Moky Fit.

Cumbria Superheroes, Disney Princesses and Star Wars’ Kylo Ren took to the streets – interacting with kids and always posing for a photo.

A Christmas event was not complete without a visit from the man himself; Father Christmas – who set up a grotto on the main street, listening to children, giving out gifts and free Christmas hats.

As the lights got switched on the forecast for Egremont suddenly turned to snow as cannons covered the street in faux-snow.

The event, which was organised by Egremont Amenity Committee over the last 12 months, was topped off with a spectacular firework display that got the crowds cheering.

Elaine Woodburn, organiser on the Egremont Amenity Committee, said: “No quote I could give on the success of the event could been better summed up by the crowds of thousands of happy people that turned up today.

“We weren’t expecting this many people to turn out, but it’s everyone that did turn up I’d like to thank for all the support – it’s been a lot of hard work, 12 months in the making, and we couldn’t have done it without LLWR, Copeland Community Fund, Egremont Town Council and of course everyone who keeps supporting the event every year – it’s been an absolute success.”

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