Halifax town centre is lit up for the Christmas countdown

Halifax Christmas Lights. The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale Cou John Hardy and Janet Hardy with Thomas Teago and Hannah Cockroft.
Halifax Christmas Lights. The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale Cou John Hardy and Janet Hardy with Thomas Teago and Hannah Cockroft.
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The Christmas lights switch-on was greeted with a huge cheer from a 2,000 strong crowd packed into the Woolshops Shopping Centre.

Halifax’s very own golden girl Hannah Cockroft did the honours flanked by the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale and singer Thomas Teago.

Throughout Saturday afternoon the town had been busy with a party atmosphere and there were carol singers and street entertainers.

The Piece Hall joined in the fun with its first Christmas market of the year and visitors were entertained with singing and dancing.

Hannah said she had enjoyed a great day - earlier she was at Halifax Town Hall to be awarded the freedom of the Borough of Calderdale - the latest accolade for the paralympian since winning two gold medals at London 2012.

She was applauded onto the Woolshops stage to the tune of “Don’t Stop Believing.”

As the crowd noise built into a frenzy for the switch-on ticker tape was released to the tune of “Snow is Falling.”

Hannah said it was a great way to finish an amazing year.

“I’m proud to come from Halifax and Calderdale and it’s nice to do local things,” she said.

“People know who I am now and that’s cool, I like it.”

The Woolshops show was run by TAP - Total Awareness Promotions - which is a charity based in Calderdale using events to promote health and community messages.

Local singers took to the stage including Bradford-born pop singer Thomas Teago.

The Rugby League World Cup was also at Woolshops and many youngsters took the opportunity to have their picture taken with the trophy.

Marketing Halifax organised the extravaganaza and town centre manager Michay Matthews was thrilled with the success.

“I am really pleased with the turnout and some people were here all day,” she said.

“The shops have been rushed off their feet and it has been a really good trading day to kick-off the Christmas shopping.”