Organisers of the Nantwich Christmas Lights switch-on have hailed this year’s event as a big success.

Thousands packed into the town centre for the traditional switch on last weekend.

Nantwich Town Council and its local retail forum worked together to put the event on.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Christine Farrall said: “The fair and the Farmers’ Market were on all day, and many of the shops have made an extra effort to make Nantwich a delightful Christmas shopping destination.

“Through the support of local businesses, we were able to publicise the event more extensively than in previous years and this seems to have had an impact.

“We were also pleased to see so many children and families coming along to help us celebrate the start of the Christmas period in Nantwich.

“We are always looking at ways to attract more footfall into Nantwich, as the success of our local shops and businesses is quite reliant on that, so events like this are important.

“They also add to the atmosphere of the town, which attracts our visitors and helps make Nantwich a special place to live.”

Local celebrity dancers AJ and Chloe performed, and Malbank School Choir together with other seasonal entertainments perform on stage.

The lights were switched on by TV vet Steve Leonard, who is also local to the town.

The event was capped off by a spectacular firework finale by Blitz Fireworks , which drew gasps of delight from the many watching children.

A hog roast, Father Christmas Grotto, and children’s fairground added to the festivities, and there were carols and mulled wine in Cocoa Yard.

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