Leek’s annual Christmas lights switch on event is tonight, taking the historic market town into the festive spirit for mid-November.
Following Hanley’s lights switch on last night (Thursday 15th November), Leek is the next place to follow suit. However, this year the event has been proclaimed to be bigger and better than ever.
Located in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Leek is famous with tourists for its quaint architectures, many antique shops and ideal location close to the Peak District.
However, the people that live there love their hometown for its unbeatably strong community spirit.
Chairwoman and organiser of the event, Gail Lockett, also the Town and District Councillor, explains, “The parade starts at 6.30pm, which will be led by Leek’s very own Vindaloo guys, escorted by the Storm Troopers. These will be followed by the Billerettes, then by Santa and his elf.
“The Leek Mayor, Councillor Roy Tomkinson, and the Mayoress will be on a lorry. Also, there will be Panto Dames, the Carnival Queens, children in costumes, and the Scouts Band.”
The parade will begin their journey from the Moorlands House at 6.30pm. The lights are expected to be switched on at 7pm.
The Leek Lights event will also be host to Diva Mix, who will sing onstage from 7.15pm. The usual fun-fair rides are to be located on the High Street car park, as they have been for previous years. The car park is situated behind the Green Dragon Wetherspoon’s chain pub and restaurant. The usual food, selling and charity stalls will be present, too, courtesy of Totally Locally Leek.
Chairwoman of the event, Gail Lockett, continues, “We have a large snow dome coming and, as it’s the start of the Christmas celebrations, we will have snow.
“As always, we are expecting thousands in the town with lots of fun for the children.”