Brierfield Xmas lights switch-on draws biggest ever crowd

Brierfield Lights event in the Community Centre (S)
Brierfield Lights event in the Community Centre (S)

People had a great time when Brierfield Town Council hosted a Christmas Lights Switch-on in the heart of the town.

And despite the poor weather on Friday evening, lots of people went along and enjoyed the entertainment as well as the lights launch.

A police officer, Father Christmas, the Mayor, Coun. Rizwan Asghar, Coun. Mohammad Hanif and his granddaughter Ayesha Arif (3)

A police officer, Father Christmas, the Mayor, Coun. Rizwan Asghar, Coun. Mohammad Hanif and his granddaughter Ayesha Arif (3)

Outside the town hall the Mayor of Brierfield, Coun. Rizwan Asghar, opened the lights around the centre.

Organiser Coun. Mohammad Hanif said: “It was fantastic. It was pouring down so we moved all the events into the Brierfield Community Centre but we did have the switch-on outside.

“There were 250 or more people there and it was a good mix of the communities. There were people from both Brierfield and Reedley, but also from outside there in Nelson and Colne. They all had a good time. People came along to celebrate the festive season.

“One lady came all the way from Ulverston in Cumbria for the switch-on. Janet Woodhead was originally from Brierfield.”

The Christmas Tree  in Brierfield (S)

The Christmas Tree in Brierfield (S)

And he said: “It was the largest turn-out we ever had there.”

There was lots of entertainment inside the community centre, featuring band playing, Punch and Judy, Santa Claus, a magic show and balloons as well as the switch-on. There was also tea and coffee served at the youth centre next to the town hall.

Coun. Hanif was grateful for support and said: “Thank you to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for coming along with a fire engine for kids to play on. And thanks to Family Tree Children’s Centre staff as well for face-painting!”