It’s one of the highlights of the West Leeds festive season – but even an event as glittering as the Farsley Christmas lights switch-on relies on community assistance to happen, writes Keely Bannister.
This Wednesday 27th November, Farsley’s Town Street will be transformed for the annual extravaganza – which The Dispatch has previously previewed – and, as such, volunteer stewards are needed to help line the road to make sure Santa’s parade can travel through the heart of the village to his grotto.
People who are able to give up 45 minutes on the evening are asked to arrive at Farsley Library at 6.15pm on the evening and ask for John Proctor.
Coming down the parade with Santa’s sleigh will be collection buckets aiming to raise money to help towards the £4,000 it costs to host the event.
Road closures, parking restrictions and bus diversions will be in place for the event which will see celebrities such as Tanya Arnold, Ronnie the Rhino, members of the victorious Leeds Rhinos Ladies challenge cup winning team attending.
Businesses will be staying open later and hosting tombolas and raffles, a funfair and musical entertainment from Farsley Village Singers.
A funfair will be in the Charles Street car park. In Andrew Square there will be entertainment before the light switch on and fireworks, then Farsley Village Singers will continue to entertain you until 7.45pm
The parade and floats will come down Town Street from the Library at 6.30pm led by The Leeds Pipe Band with the school children and finally The Rotary Club of Calverley Sleigh.
Updates on the event are posted on the Farsley Village Facebook page.