Let there be light... a packed day and night of celebration

Lamplighter festival times and places, and parade route
Lamplighter festival times and places, and parade route

There has been a fantastic response to the open workshops for this Saturday’s Lamplighter festival, with well over 220 lanterns made so far in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

“Todmorden on Sunday was at capacity, it was so brilliant to see so many people getting excited about the event,” said Hannah Merriman, Handmade Parade co-ordinator.

“With Kidsfest from noon, the Christmas Lights switch on at 4pm and then the Lamplighter event Todmorden is going to be heaving all day.

“We’ve already heard about people coming from all over the region - a great chance for Tod to show off to one and all.”

People should note Lever Street and Union Street South car parks will be closed for the whole of Saturday (November 23). Hannah added: “We apologise for the inconvenience. Free alternative parking can be found at the medical centre car park, and all other town centre car parks are operating as usual.”

Union Street South will also be closed from 4.30pm to 9pm. Residential parking on Dale Street can be negotiated via Bond Street.

A busy day of activities in Todmorden begins with the host of activities at Kidsfest in Todmorden Town Hall from noon to 3.30pm, with a number of community groups and individuals organising plenty for young ones to do.

Then from 4pm Todmorden Community Band and Todmorden Choral Society will play Christmas music and seasonal songs at the Peace Garden next to Todmorden Town Hall, where the Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Jayne Booth, will switch on the town’s Christmas lights at 4.30pm - children will be able to meet Father Christmas.

The Lamplighter lantern parade itself starts at 5.30pm and the illuminated street festival will run from 6pm to 9pm and will also include fire performers, illuminated installations, street bands, shadow puppets, torch-lit belly dancers and night markets - Todmorden Market will be open well into the evening, a chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping and sample a few specially cooked-up treats.

l Saturday, November 23, also sees the St Peter’s Church community, Walsden, host a Christmas event. Tickets are £10 on the door, including a supper, for an evening of entertainment (8pm) at Walsden Cricket Club, Scott Street, featuring vocalist and entertainer Mike Alone.