Thousands have seen the light...

The hermit crabs get to grips with the Lamplighter parade in Todmorden. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography
The hermit crabs get to grips with the Lamplighter parade in Todmorden. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

Thousands of people packed themselves into Todmorden last Saturday for a bumper day of Christmas events.

Organisers estimate thousands of people were there by early evening when the Lamplighter Parade took place, and with around 800 people popping into Todmorden Town Hall through the afternoon at Kidsfest, the town was very busy.

In between, they gathered for the switch-on of Todmorden’s Christmas lights, while a special late Todmorden Market was able to provide plenty to do and see for shoppers.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Michael Gill, who with Mayoress - his wife, Nikki - switched on the town’s Christmas lights, said it had been a great day, the publicity from which could only do the town good.

“It was fantastic! The numbers of people that were there was just amazing. It as wonderful to see the market so busy as well. I walked around at about 7.30pm and the place was heaving.

“The sheer weight of numbers of people in the town made it a fantastic day,” he said.

Kidsfest saw a number of local organisations chip in to keep younger guests busy and then the Lamplighter Parade ensured things ended in style.

Andrew Kim, artistic director of Handmade Parade and Todmorden resident, said: “We were thrilled with the amazing numbers lining the streets and the enthusiasm they showed us.

“With the success of the Fantastical Cycle Parade earlier this year and now a growing Lamplighter Festival, we are excited to produce events which helps make Todmorden a vibrant cultural destination.”

l Kidsfest, see pages 4 and 5; Lamplighter Parade, see pages 6 and 7; Todmorden Christmas lights switch-on, see pages 8 and 9