Spectacular lights switch-on in village

LIT FOR CHRISTMAS ' Our photos show (from top) the Robin Hood Mini Club dressed to impress at the event, Jayden Parrott lending a hand to Santa, who switched the lights
LIT FOR CHRISTMAS ' Our photos show (from top) the Robin Hood Mini Club dressed to impress at the event, Jayden Parrott lending a hand to Santa, who switched the lights

LINBY is becoming well-known over a wide area for its spectacular Christmas lights.

So much so that some people are now calling the village Linby Vegas!

The display this year is certainly no exception and there have been many ‘rave’ comments. The lights have been extended right across the village and now even reach the traffic island on Linby’s boundary.

The village’s annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony marked the tenth anniversary of the event and it was generally voted the best so far. There was a remarkable bumper turnout of nearly 500 people.

The switch-on of the tree lights was to have been performed by BBC TV ‘weather girl’ Sally Pepper but she was unable to attend through illness.

In her absence, the lights were turned on by a popular VIP — Santa Claus himself. This was much to the delight of all young children present.

After the ceremony was hit by bad weather last year, a marquee was provided on the village green area — where the tree has again been placed — and this created a more intimate atmosphere.

The talented Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass Band led carol singing, for which children of Linby-cum-Papplewick Church of England Primary School and Hucknall’s Leen Mill Primary School were in fine voice.

As a result of the large attendance, refreshments — which included mince pies, mushy peas, mulled wine and hot chocolate — were all quickly snapped up.

Parish council member Coun Bob Brothwell said: “It is amazing to reflect that when we had our first Christmas tree lighting ceremony ten years ago, only 40 people were present.”