Dim start to Hucknall Christmas lights switch on

Hucknall Christmas lights switch-on.         'Festival goers wait for Santa's arrival.
Hucknall Christmas lights switch-on. 'Festival goers wait for Santa's arrival.

The tree light switch-on at Hucknall Christmas Carnival on Wednesday night was dramatically delayed when a man collapsed on High Street.

The customary parade from the Tesco Express superstore car park to the Market Place started 15 minutes late and the man was taken to hospital by ambulance. A large crowd had already assembled in the town centre.

“It was quite a shock when this happened,” said Derek Mason, of Bulwell, who was at the scene. “I hope the guy will be OK.”

Families turned out in force for the carnival, which was the 20th to be held in the town to mark the countdown to Yuletide.

Ashfield District Council’s chairman, Coun Liz Mays, performed the lighting-up of the large civic tree and Hucknall rector Canon Kathryn Herrod gave a Christmas message.

Hucknall Chamber of Trade organised the festival for the first five years but since then it has been run by Hucknall Rotary Club.

President Tony Gluchowski thanked Alan Johnson and other fellow Rotarians, as well as local councillors, for their contributions to making the carnival a success.

Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band entertained on stage and the comperes were Dino and Pete, of the Capital FM Radio Breakfast Show.

A funfair on the Market Place proved a popular attraction.

Long queues formed to see the spectacular Hucknall Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary Magdalene Church.

Fifty-nine trees were exhibited by local schools, churches, businesses and other organisations.

The Torkard Ensemble sang carols and Christmas songs in Central Methodist Church, while the John Godber Centre hosted a Christmas market and craft fair.

The parade was led by Nottinghamshire Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade Band and the Rotary Club Santa’s sleigh was a centre-piece.

The Byron Cinema project was among several groups represented and even a London Transport bus took part.