Ripponden Christmas Festival launched with a packed late-night shopping event, while Bobby the donkey and Santa’s elves paraded through a packed St Bartholomew’s before a procession through the village to the light switch-on at the Cenotaph.
Mollie Higginbottom, aged 10, switched on the festive lights with Chris Harris DL, Craig Whittaker MP and Chair of Ripponden Parish Council, Steve McCarley, and Councillors Robert Thornber and Robert Holden all looking on.
The festive fun continued all evening with AJ Brown performing Christmas hits at The Milestone where a hog roast tempted passers-by, a shopping event at The Fox, and every retailer in Ripponden open and welcoming customers into
Unfortunately, not all the lights had been erected due to technical issues, but by Saturday, the main road through Ripponden was aglow with 28 new lamppost festive lights purchased with funds donated by Ripponden Parish Council, local retailers and individual donors.
Councillor Robert Thornber said: “This event proves that community spirit in Ripponden is ever-increasing. By working together, we can build on the success of this evening and not only repeat this next year, but also look to organising other types of community events throughout the rest of the year.”
Ripponden Xmas Fest continues on 4 December, with live music from Rishworth Concert Band, and on Sunday 14 December alongside the Community Market.