Sparkling occasion as Santa rides into town

Santa and 'Rocking Rudolph' arrive in Market Weighton at last year's Christmas Tree Light Switch On event.
Santa and 'Rocking Rudolph' arrive in Market Weighton at last year's Christmas Tree Light Switch On event.

The countdown to Christmas officially began in Pocklington and Market Weighton when both towns switched on their festive lights and celebrated the merry season.

The Pocklington Festival of Christmas, organised by local volunteers in conjunction with Pocklington Town Council, featured a variety of festivities and attractions.

The Christmas lights were switched on for the first time this year making the town sparkle.

Father Christmas arrived at All Saints’ Church on his Rocking Rudolph Sleigh assisted by the Pocklington District Lions.

One of the organisers Ann Cox said: “There was lots of people turned out it was a very good night.

“It was very well attended. It looked as though it would rain I was plesed to see so many people made the effort.”

Choirs from local schools entertained visitors to All Saints’ Church.

Shops were asked to dress up their window displays with a festive spirit.

Footloose won this year’s competition for the Best Dresses Window for their fantastic display while Grandad’s shed and third Age UK picked up second and third. A special prize was awarded to Cheryl’s Barbers for a small window display.

Railway Street fisheries, No 6 Pavement and Specsavers were also rewarded prizes for their efforts.

The following night Market Weighton’s Christmas Light Switch On event was a huge success with residents lining the streets despite the cold weather .

The lights were switched on by guest of honour Christine Cawkwell near the Giant Bradley statue and carol singers performed around the tree. Santa Claus was then paraded down the High Street to his grotto at the Methodist Church where he met the children who had gathered at the church. The event was organised by the town council. Mayor of Market Weighton, councillor Peter Hemmerman, said: “It was quite well attended considering the weather we had, it was a little bit cold and wind and rainy.

“It went really well, a lot of the shops dressed up in Christmas type jumpers and decorated their windows.

“The winner of the best dressed window was Nornabell’s Yard.”