Longridge is right on track for a bumper Christmas as a train takes to its streets for the town’s first-ever Christmas spectacular.
More than 80 businesses have backed the coming of Percy the land train, a centrepiece to draw crowds to three days of festivities this weekend.
Percy will be part of tonight’s opening ceremony at 6pm as he carries children from Barnacre Lane Primary School while they sing Christmas carols from the carriages.
There will also be fireworks and a lights switch-on by Bee Radio DJ Rob Charles.
The two carriages, carrying passengers each, will run up and down Berry Lane, as far as Anji’s Emporium, for all three days.
The celebrations are a first for the town, which normally has just one late-shopping night for Christmas.
A member of the Longridge Business Group committee organising the extravaganza said there would be a children’s fun fair, artisan market, carols, hot food stalls, Longridge
Band concerts, a Lions’ Christmas bazaar at the Civic Hall, and of course, Santa’s grotto.
Percy will run 4.30-9 pm on Friday, 10 am-5 pm, Saturday, and 10 am -4 pm on Sunday.
Tickets are £1 with children under 12 travelling free with an adult. For full details of events, times and special offers, see http://www.longridgeonline.com