The season to be merry has officially started with the switch-on of Christmas lights in Ripley and Heanor.
Ripley’s lights blazed into life with a grand ceremony on Friday, November 29, in the Market Place.
Ripley’s Mayor Cllr Alwyn Bridge, and the town council Certificate of Merit winner Colin Picken, switched on the lights at an event that featured free children’s rides, a free safety candle for children and the chance to sing carols with the Salvation Army Band.
Cllr Bridge said: “It was lovely. There were a few technical problems but a good turn out and people seemed to enjoy it.
“I think a few of the shops did quite well with the late night shopping.”
Heanor’s mayor Cllr Heather Longdon described her town’s switch-on on Monday, December 2, as, “a really good night”.
She said: “The weather was good for a change. I asked some of the children to come up and help with the countdown. We had Santa Claus in his own little grotto in the town hall and there was a big queue for that!
“The fireworks were very, very good! They really made your feet wobble! They were timed to Christmas carols. Quite a few shops seemed to do well.”
A community fair was held in St Lawrence Church and Pinxton Puppets wowed the younger members of the crowd.
There with a carol service by Heanor Musical Theatre Company, accompanied by the Ilkeston Brass Band.
Local rock group 13th Floor also entertained the crowd from the back of a lorry in the Market Place.