Hundreds of people flocked to the inaugural Ingol and Tanterton Christmas lights switch on.
The first event of its kind in the area was organised by the Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council and following a carol service at St Margaret’s Church hall, Tag Lane, four lucky competition winners from the community’s schools flicked the switch.
Janet Thompson, from the Neighbourhood Council said: “It was absolutely brilliant, we couldn’t believe the amount of people that turned up. “There were people filling the church and leading out into the street.
“It was wonderful and we were so pleased with the turnout.”
The four lucky pupils who turned on the lights were chosen from each age group of a colouring competition that involved all Ingol and Tanterton School.
They were; Lexie Downham from Ingol Community Primary School in the Foundation category, Chelsea Blakeley from Ingol Community Primary School in the Year one and two category, Mia Stratford from Holy Family Primary School in the year three and four and Louisa Willkinson from Pool House Community Primary School in the year five and six category.
The competition was judged by St Margaret Vicar and staff, Ingol Library librarians, staff from Ingol Golf Club Village and Guild Merchants Public House staff and manager - from where one generous person donated money towards prizes.
Janet said: “The children were all really quite excited about turning on the lights and everyone who entered the competition left with a little Christmas gift.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, around 1,500 people joined a free community event on Sunday to celebrate the Buckshaw Village Christmas lights switch on.
Father Christmas rode his sleigh through the village and was greeted by around 200 people at each play area and Main Square.
There were carols around the Christmas tree, music by East Lancashire Concert Band, performances by Buckshaw VAMP and Zoya Dance, stalls selling a range of festive items, and a bar.
Craig Lee, chairman of Buckshaw Village Community Association, said: “It was fantastic. We had about 1,500 people through the door.
“All the residents really came out to support it. It was probably the biggest event we have ever had.”