Over two hundred residents, old and young, turned out yesterday to sing carols and see the Beeston Christmas lights switched on.
The Salvation Army band led the singing of three carols before Cllr Angela Gabriel officially switched on the lights outside the Co-op. As well as the lights on the Christmas tree and other trees, four light motifs have been mounted on lampposts along Beeston Road. It is hoped to increase the number of motifs each year with the support of local businesses.
Earlier in the week it was reported that the Christmas tree had been vandalised, but Cllr Gabriel explained that whilst that was what she had been told by Council officers, she had now spoken to the manager at the Co-op who saw the tree blow down in the strong winds on Sunday afternoon. The important thing was that the tree had been replaced and the event went ahead as planned.
As the light rain got heavier, everyone crossed over the road to the Beeston Parish Centre where burgers, hotdogs and drinks were served. A collection was held for the local Salvation Army’s work at Christmas which raised over £100.