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Our second Christmas Fair and another crowded Christmas Lights switch-on.

Poster2012 Performance Lineup –

  • Write Out Loud Poetry
  • Zumba for Kids
  • Storytime with Library Information Services
  • Belly Dancers
  • Bernadettes Dancing School
  • Marsden Infant and Nursery School Choir
  • Live Band – Remote
  • Marden Silver Prize Junior Band
  • Unity Choir
  • Thieving Magpies
  • Hellfire Magpies<INCLUDE HYPERLINK

Mechanics Hall at capacity Crowds in Peel Street


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New light features for 2012 made by MCA members out of disco rope light, insulation tape and cable ties.

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Hellfire Magpie Last Minute Checks Local Residents

Images provided by Enjoy Photography

For the first time we turned the Christmas lights “switch on” event into a Christmas Fair in the Mechanics. The event was a great success, with at times queues forming to get in. There were free craft workshops, craft and gift stalls, tombola, Santa’s grotto, a raffle and refreshements.

Entertainment was provided by –

2pm – Storytellers.
2.45pm – Belly dancers.
3.30pm – Bernadette Heys’ dancing school.
4.15pm – Junior school choir.
5.00pm – Infant and Nursery school choir.

The switch on regulars were also there for the crowds outside – The Thieving Magpies, Marsden’s Junior Band, Unity Choir, Jack Frost and the Frosties as well as Father Christmas on his sleigh.

Thanks to Enjoy Photography for the photos.

The following four lights entries were made up. Congratulations to Phil, Tiffany Clarke, Caden Thomas Phillips and S Farmer for their designs. Thanks to all for entering.

Here are the 63 entries we received for the lights competition. Our favorites will be made up in the coming month.

We are asking people to contribute their designs for Christmas lighting features as many of the old ones didn’t survive last winter.

Either download the entry form below and draw your design on there, or email an image file with your design to us.

Click here to download the Chirstmas Lights Competition Form

As well as designing the frames you are welcome to get involved in building the designs, let us know if you would like to help.

We put the lights up on the first weekend at Christmas so in order to get the materials and frames assembled entries have to be in before the end of October.

Here are some previous designs made up –

Other previous christmas frames can be found here

And here is an example completed form –

Completed Christmas Lights Example

The christmas lights once again looked lovely. There were two new features this year –

1) An LED replacement for ‘Geoffs Boudoir’. The old lights that hung over the Mechanic’s portico had reached the end of their life and were replaced with energy saving LEDs.

2) After 2009’s prototype we comissioned a reusable aluminium set of candles for the weir.

Thanks to the Cuckoo’s Nest for their grants covering the cost of these lights and the volunteers who tested and put them up.

Well the lights are now nearly all up, great work by all involved.

Join us on Peel Street on Saturday the 4th of December for all for the joys of Christmas. Nigel Haige will turn on the lights at 6 o`clock. 

A full evening of events including :

  • Face painting at the New Inn ( 3.30 ~ 5.30pm)
  • Marsden Silver Band (juniors) Unity Choir
  • Jack Frost ( and maybe some Frosties)
  • Thieving Magpie ,Loads of Christmas stalls
  • Twist of fate playing at the Marsden Liberal Club from 9.30pm
  • Last but not least * Father Christmas*

Full details can be found on Facebook

Request For Stewards 2010 Poster

The Marsden Lights Entertainment Group need volunteers to help steward the switch on event on Saturday 4th of December.

Please email to volunteer;  the New Inn will kindly be providing volunteers with soup and bread to see them through the event.

Marsden Christmas Lights Entertainments Group – Meeting at the Mechanics 16th September 2010 7.30pm