The 45 feet-high tree was lit up on Saturday night, as Lancashire continued to feel the effects of Storm of Arwen. However, the gusts did not not deter those gathered on Preston Road from getting into the festive mood.
“It was amazing to see the Christmas spirit surrounding the tree as families and friends awaited the countdown,” said Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council chair Peter Gabbott.
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“The event is recognised as the start of the festivities in our village and a big thank you needs to go to Chorley Silver Band and the local community groups - cubs, beavers and scouts - for leading the community singing, as well as our volunteers from the parish council who helped set up the event, marshal it and serve mince pies afterwards.
“I think everyone will agree that it was a big success.”