Santa saves the day after power cut at Astley Bridge lights switch on

This Is Lancashire: Delighted youngsters watch Nick McKee, vicar of St Paul’s, Astley Bridge, turn on the Astley Bridge Christmas lights with Father Christmas at Andrew Lane Park Delighted youngsters watch Nick McKee, vicar of St Paul’s, Astley Bridge, turn on the Astley Bridge Christmas lights with Father Christmas at Andrew Lane Park

SANTA saved the day at Astley Bridge’s Christmas lights switch on after a momentary power cut left attendees worrying the decorations would not be illuminated at all.

Luckily, by the time Father Christmas arrived at Andrew Lane Park in his sleigh the electricity was back up and running.

As he flicked the giant switch with Reverend Nick McKee of St Paul’s Church, the two trees twinkled for all to see.

The fourth annual Astley Bridge Christmas lights switch on was the biggest yet with grant funding allowing organisers from the newly-formed Friends of Astley Bridge to provide a marquee.

This marquee played host to school choirs, the Astley Bridge Choir, Midweek Sax and The Eden Singers and was the only area affected by the power cut, caused by an operational error.

Volunteers manning stalls showed their festive spirit by handing out free mulled wine, mince pies, tangerines and soft drinks.

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5:52am Mon 9 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

Nice to see the word Christmas used by the BEN why our councils call it a Winter Wonderland or festive holidays is an insult to Christians the world over.

Why our councils need to reword our Christian celebration is an insult to the the Christians of this country.

After all other religous festivals such as Ramadam are refered to as they are presented not as a similarly or alternative.
Nice to see the word Christmas used by the BEN why our councils call it a Winter Wonderland or festive holidays is an insult to Christians the world over. Why our councils need to reword our Christian celebration is an insult to the the Christians of this country. After all other religous festivals such as Ramadam are refered to as they are presented not as a similarly or alternative. serendipity2

8:44am Mon 9 Dec 13

saj70n says...

We don't two hoots what you call it. Majority of people celebrating Christmas are not even bothered about Christianity long as the get drunk and receive gifts. How many of you so called christians will be going to churches in this festive period then again what churches.
We don't two hoots what you call it. Majority of people celebrating Christmas are not even bothered about Christianity long as the get drunk and receive gifts. How many of you so called christians will be going to churches in this festive period then again what churches. saj70n

11:00am Mon 9 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

saj70n wrote:
We don't two hoots what you call it. Majority of people celebrating Christmas are not even bothered about Christianity long as the get drunk and receive gifts. How many of you so called christians will be going to churches in this festive period then again what churches.
Actually those who thumbs downed the comment above, he/she is correct. People are too busy running around like headless chickens driving up profits for the corporations.

The corporations own Christmas, the true meaning is lost on those who have the vile need to beat the rush for the latest XBox or PS4.

And for those (and I hardly ever defend the council) who have not seen it yet, above the cenotaph in the TC, there is a huge 'Merry Christmas' illumination.

Merry Corporamas you gullible fickle lot - HUMBUG!!!
[quote][p][bold]saj70n[/bold] wrote: We don't two hoots what you call it. Majority of people celebrating Christmas are not even bothered about Christianity long as the get drunk and receive gifts. How many of you so called christians will be going to churches in this festive period then again what churches.[/p][/quote]Actually those who thumbs downed the comment above, he/she is correct. People are too busy running around like headless chickens driving up profits for the corporations. The corporations own Christmas, the true meaning is lost on those who have the vile need to beat the rush for the latest XBox or PS4. And for those (and I hardly ever defend the council) who have not seen it yet, above the cenotaph in the TC, there is a huge 'Merry Christmas' illumination. Merry Corporamas you gullible fickle lot - HUMBUG!!! Beyond News Forum

1:23pm Mon 9 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
saj70n wrote:
We don't two hoots what you call it. Majority of people celebrating Christmas are not even bothered about Christianity long as the get drunk and receive gifts. How many of you so called christians will be going to churches in this festive period then again what churches.
Actually those who thumbs downed the comment above, he/she is correct. People are too busy running around like headless chickens driving up profits for the corporations.

The corporations own Christmas, the true meaning is lost on those who have the vile need to beat the rush for the latest XBox or PS4.

And for those (and I hardly ever defend the council) who have not seen it yet, above the cenotaph in the TC, there is a huge 'Merry Christmas' illumination.

Merry Corporamas you gullible fickle lot - HUMBUG!!!
And there's me thinking Christmas was supposed to be merry.I"m going to wish every body a merry Christmas whoever you are.Peace on earth.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saj70n[/bold] wrote: We don't two hoots what you call it. Majority of people celebrating Christmas are not even bothered about Christianity long as the get drunk and receive gifts. How many of you so called christians will be going to churches in this festive period then again what churches.[/p][/quote]Actually those who thumbs downed the comment above, he/she is correct. People are too busy running around like headless chickens driving up profits for the corporations. The corporations own Christmas, the true meaning is lost on those who have the vile need to beat the rush for the latest XBox or PS4. And for those (and I hardly ever defend the council) who have not seen it yet, above the cenotaph in the TC, there is a huge 'Merry Christmas' illumination. Merry Corporamas you gullible fickle lot - HUMBUG!!![/p][/quote]And there's me thinking Christmas was supposed to be merry.I"m going to wish every body a merry Christmas whoever you are.Peace on earth. boltonnut

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