It’s time to get in the festive spirit!

NRHNBE111205f6, Heanor Christmas lights switch on.
NRHNBE111205f6, Heanor Christmas lights switch on.

The mayor of Heanor and Loscoe Town Council is hoping the town will turn out in force for Monday night’s Christmas lights switch on.

Cllr Bob Janes believes this year’s festive event will be one of the best attended in years with a packed rosta of events planned and more traders agreeing to open late .

He said: “We are very much looking forward to it this year. I think we’ve managed to encourage a few more traders to open.

“The community fair will be open on the same night and there is a Victorian market in the town hall.

“It will be getting back to how it was ten years ago. Even the banks used to open back then to give people sherry and mince pies.”

Activities commence at 4pm on Monday with a community fair in St Lawrence’s Church and a Victorian market at the town hall.

At 5pm stalls selling goods and festive food will open on Market Place in the run up to the lights switch on at 6pm.

It will be the third time Cllr Janes has flicked the switch in Heanor and this year he will be accompanied by Ilkeston Brass Band and a special performance of carols by Heanor Musical Theatre Company.

Ripley mayor Cllr Steve Daley will switch on the town’s brand new lights display alongside the Certificate of Merit winner on Friday, November 30, at 6.30pm.

Events start on Market Place at 6pm with performances from the Salvation Army band a live broadcast by Amber Sound.

Food and drink will be available with Father Christmas set to keep children entertained, as well as handing out free safety candles.

For both events Cllr Janes said: “I just hope it stays dry!”

All residents are eligible to enter and application forms available from the town clerk on 01773 832211.