Christmas lights at Doddington

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Residents are looking forward to being lit up for the first time since 2008 when the village’s Christmas lights are resurrected on Saturday.

The switch-on is thanks to the newly-formed Doddington Christmas Lights Committee, which is now hoping to make the event bigger and better each year.

Committee chairman Anna Holland said: “I’d just like to say a big thank you to the massive amount of support and kind generosity the village has given us to help make this happen.

“We intend to improve and increase the lights until we have a really good show.”

Committee member Jason Shepherd, who has also just been appointed the new chairman of the Doddington Sports and Carnival Committee, added: “Anna and the rest of the lights committee have worked very hard to restart the Christmas lights tradition in Doddington.

“The village has really missed being lit up and it just shows what community spirit can achieve. The Christmas lights switch-on was always a highlight in the Doddington calendar and it’s fantastic that we can all enjoy this again.”

Saturday’s festivities kick off with a Christmas fair in the Methodist Church from 2pm, with a Santa’s Grotto, children’s Christmas craft corner, stalls, refreshments and a raffle.

The lights will then be switched on at 4.30pm by the 2014 Carnival Prince and Princess Thomas Hanley and Grace Cronin.

Next week there will be even more festive cheer in the village when the Santa run makes a welcome return for three nights from Friday, December 12.

In a sleigh newly-refurbished with help from Ace Communications and TMR Graphics, Santa will be travelling around the streets on each night – so keep your eyes and ears open.

The procession has been organised by the Carnival and Lights committees, and Santa will be helping to raise money for events both committees organise in the village each year.

For details of his route each night visit: www.doddingtoncarnival.org, the Carnival Facebook page or see posters.