Two delighted Bulwell youngsters shared the spotlight at Bulwell’s fun-packed 2014 Christmas Festival on Monday.
They were 11-year-old Kirstie Hallam, a pupil at Snape Wood Primary School, and Oliver Barnes (10), who attends Rufford Primary School.
They joined with the Sheriff of Nottingham, Coun Jackie Morris, to switch on the lights of the Christmas tree in Bulwell town centre, having been given this privilege by winning a raffle.
Coun Mrs Morris, a Bulwell ward member of Nottingham City Council, said: “The festival gets better every year. It is absolutely amazing to see such a large number of families at the event.”
The switch-on was followed by ringing of the bells at St Mary’s Church, Bulwell, which overlooks the Market Place.
Festival attractions included fairground rides, a teenage market and face painting, while Santa Claus was to be found in a grotto at the Wilkinsons store. Non-alcoholic mulled cider was among seasonal refreshments provided.
Children of Snape Wood and Rufford Schools entertained with songs and a Christmas message was given by members of the Covenant Ministry, based at Top Valley Community Centre.
Local schoolchldren again came up with decorations for the tree in an initiative by Bulwell Education Improvement Partnership (formerly Bulwell Education Action Zone). This year these included banners round the base of the tree.
Kevin Price, of the newly-formed We Love Bulwell organisation, said: “We are very pleased to support the festival.”
A local chip shop which stayed open later because of the festival did a brisk trade.
Mother-of-two Mary Kirkham, of Highbury Vale, said: “It is nice that something is being done in Bulwell at Christmas time for the kids to enjoy.”
The day began with Christmas stalls run by local groups being set up at Bulwell Riverside and visitors were invited to make their own Christmas table decorations.