Cllr Neil Sullivan, Sheriff of Chester Bob Crompton, Cllr Razia Daniels, Stephen Mosley MP, Friends of Edgar's Field Park and residents
David Pilling and Richard Short from Westminster Park Residents Association, Cllr Razia Daniels, the Lord Mayor of Chester Pamela Booher, Stephen Mosley and Cllr Neil Sullivan at the Westminster Park event
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FESTIVE celebrations took place in Westminster Park and Handbridge for the annual Christmas lights switch-ons.
The Lord Mayor of Chester Pamela Booher and Chester MP Stephen Mosley switched on the lights at Westminster Park shops.
Westminster Park Residents Association provided a Christmas tree, refreshments were provided by local businesses and carol singing was led by Belgrave Primary School.
Sheriff of Chester Bob Crompton switched on the tree lights the following evening at Edgar’s Field Park and the Old Dee Bridge together with Mr Mosley. There was also carol singing led by the choir of St Mary’s Church.
The lights in existing trees were paid for by Handbridge Park councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan from their members budgets.
Cllr Daniels said: “So many people behind the scenes helped make sure that the two locations captured the spirit of Christmas.
“Without the help and generosity from everyone, including local shops and organisations, the celebrations would not have been possible.”
Cllr Sullivan said: “Both events at Westminster Park and Handbridge were very successful and wonderful community events.
“Carol singing led by Belgrave Primary School and the choir of St Mary’s Church were high points in both celebrations.”
Students from West Cheshire College designed and built Santa’s Grotto for the Handbridge celebrations.
Carpentry and joinery lecturer Iain Costall said: “We snapped up the opportunity to build the grotto for the local Christmas lights switch on. The students worked hard and their dedication has resulted in a fantastic grotto, which Handbridge should be proud of.”
Scottish Power put in two electricity points for the Handbridge switch-on.