Bulwell lights up for Christmas

GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT -- Daniel Langham (right) switches on Bulwell's Christmas tree lights, with the help of his sister, Sian  -- DISPIC NHUD11-3248-1.
GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT -- Daniel Langham (right) switches on Bulwell's Christmas tree lights, with the help of his sister, Sian -- DISPIC NHUD11-3248-1.

A MASS choir of more than 100 schoolchildren was in fine voice to usher in Christmas at the festive tree-lighting ceremony in Bulwell.

Youngsters from primary schools across the town sang traditional Christmas carols as hundreds of spectators gathered for the annual attraction.

A raffle was held again for the privilege of flicking the switch to the civic tree on the pedestrianised zone between Market Place and Main Street.

Local youngsters were each given a ticket and the lucky name drawn was that of Daniel Langham, who sported a Santa hat as he was joined on stage by his sister, Sian.

Also involved in the switch-on was Coun Nick McDonald (Lab), a Bulwell member of Nottingham City Council.

Master of ceremonies for the countdown was Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), another Bulwell representative on the city council.

“It was a fantastic day,” said Coun Morris. “There were crowds as far as the eye could see from the stage. I think it was the best turnout we have ever had.

“It was really good fun and I think everyone had an amazing time.

“The tree is massive. It must be two-storeys high and looks brilliant.

The event was organised jointly by Bulwell’s six city councillors and the One Vision community group.

Money was provided by the councillors from individual pots of cash they are given by the council to support initiatives in the communities they serve.

Local children provided decorations for the tree, while other entertainment on the fun-filled afternoon was provided by a gospel choir from Basford.

Mince pies, hot chocolate, teas and other refreshments were served from a marquee manned by volunteers.

Coun Morris added: “To say it was so cold, for so many people to come out to start the Christmas season in such a way was smashing.”