Great and the good’s big festive send-off

COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON: Above, Santa at Astley Hall with Chorley Mayor and Mayoress Roy Lees and Margaret Lees

COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON: Above, Santa at Astley Hall with Chorley Mayor and Mayoress Roy Lees and Margaret Lees

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Dignitaries and leaders across Lancashire and beyond have entered into the festive spirit with a range of Christmas cards.

Religious groups, colleges and civic leaders have chosen different designs to send, from cartoon nativity scenes to snow-covered landscapes.

PARK LIFE: Preston Mayor and Mayoress Nick and Barbara Pomfret's card.

PARK LIFE: Preston Mayor and Mayoress Nick and Barbara Pomfret's card.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Preston have sent an image of a snowy Miller Park, with a picture of themselves in a festive bauble.

“It’s a historic park in Preston and it’s a nice park, so we chose a snow scene of Miller Park”, said Coun Nick Pomfret.

“We went to the print room at the Town Hall and somebody had gone out in the snow taking photographs, and one of them was Miller Park.

“So in the background you can see the fountain, the steps and the statue.”

Inside the card is an image of Coun Pomfret and his wife Barbara. He added: “The photograph in front of the fireplace, we already had lined up for the card.

“We didn’t come up with the idea of the bauble, they just did that in the print room and we thought it looked really good.

“I’ve started getting thumbs-ups saying thanks for the card as I’m passing people.”

The Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and Margaret Lees, have sent a festive card of them visiting Father Christmas at Astley Hall this year.

Leaders at Lancashire County Council sent an e-card, showing Cuerden Valley Park in the snow.

And Prime Minister David Cameron sent out a photograph of himself with his wife Samantha.

Preston Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said he would not be sending official cards this year, and instead would donate money to charity.

He said: “I’ve sent an e-card to colleagues and I have explained I’m not sending cards this year. The money I would have spent on cards is going to a charity.

“I am making a personal contribution to the Salvation Army because of the food bank.”

He said a corporate e-card would also be sent from Preston Town Hall next week, and said: “The council is faced with considerable problems of funding, so it makes sense to send an e-card.”