Families brave the cold for the Handforth Christmas lights switch on

Despite it being a freezing cold and windy day, the Handforth community came out in force on Saturday, 27th November to support the Christmas light switch on event organised by Handforth Town Council.

Hundreds of Handforth residents enjoyed a Christmas fair, with more than 30 stalls from local groups and individuals, Father Christmas handing out
presents to children and carol singers from Handforth schools. This was followed by the switching on of the Christmas lights by the winners of the school's Christmas poster design competition who were accompanied by Jackie Weaver.

Councillor John Smith, Chairman of Handforth Town Council, said "This well attended Switch On demonstrates to all that Handforth has its own
unique community identity.

"Handforth Town Council looks forward to continued support from our community for future events in Handforth.

"Thank you all once again to those who braved the cold and windy weather conditions and contributed to an excellent event."

Vice Chair Councillor Susan Moore added "The school choirs from St Benedict's and the Grange were excellent and our thanks go to the teachers
who must have worked very hard with the children to put on such a wonderful performance. All the stall holders, although cold, were well supported and
enjoyed the event and will be returning next year."

She added "Our star of the afternoon was of course Jackie Weaver who helped the children switch on the lights and she was received very enthusiastically by Handforth residents. We are hugely grateful to her for turning out on such a bitterly cold day and helping to make the event such a success. Jackie also judged the best dressed shop window, and the winner was The Beauty Spa.

"Our thanks to all the residents who turned out and made the afternoon so enjoyable, we hope you enjoy the lights."

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