Glossop midwives to light up town

Crowds at last year's Christmas lights switch on in Norfolk Square. Photo contributed.
Crowds at last year's Christmas lights switch on in Norfolk Square. Photo contributed.

This year’s Christmas lights will be turned on by a team of midwives, in the first switch on event organised by the community.

Previously, the annual celebration in Glossop town centre has been run by High Peak Borough Council, but this year a team of volunteers was awarded with a grant by the authority to organise the festivities.

Contrary to previous years, organisers chose not to pick a local celebrity to switch on the lights, but opted to let the Glossop nurses, who work from the George Street Clinic, do the honours at the Holly and Ivy Festival on Saturday, November 30.

Committee member Paul Bohan said: “They are a group of people who we rely on at one of the most emotional and exciting periods of our lives; the people who are missing from the nativity scene yet most needed in it.”

The celebrations, which start at 3pm in Norfolk Square, will culminate in the switch on at 6.30pm.

Funded by the borough and county council and Paul’s community group Good Thing, the event will feature entertainment on two stages and throughout the town centre as well as family activities and a huge Christmas market.

The committee, which includes representatives from Friends of Glossop Market, Glossop Catholic Churches, Whitfield Parish Church, Bare Necessities Food Bank and Glossop Market Traders Federation, have already secured performances from a string quartet, a swing band, blues and folk musicians, puppeteers and clog dancers.

Old Glossop Cllr Garry Parvin said: “This will be a great way of showcasing the best that Glossop has to offer and what Glossop is capable of.”

In the past, Glossop’s Christmas lights have been switched on by Edwina Currie and Spiderman.