Village rings in festive season with help of phonebox

LET THERE BE LIGHT -- the Mayor of Gedling Patricia Andrews, who flicked the switch
LET THERE BE LIGHT -- the Mayor of Gedling Patricia Andrews, who flicked the switch

A SPECTACULAR 27-foot high tree — and a traditional red telephone-box — were unveiled as eyecatching features of Linby’s Christmas decorations as it switched on the festive season this week.

The village, which was crowned one of Nottinghamshire’s best kept earlier this year, started its traditional countdown to Christmas on Monday with its annual tree-lighting ceremony.

But much of the intrigue centred on the telephone box, which was bought from BT for just £1 to save it from the scrapheap.

In direct competition with the tree, it is packed with lights and baubles in a stunt dubbed by Coun Bob Brothwell, chairman of Linby Parish Council, as “a bit of fun”.

Coun Brothwell lavished rich praise on the rain-soaked audience of more than 400 that turned out for the eighth renewal of the switch-on.

Crowds braved downpours and high winds to sing along to carols, performed by the Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass Band, and also munched on home-made mince pies and mulled wine, provided by villagers.

The switch-on of the tree lights was performed by the Mayor of Gedling, Coun Patricia Andrews (Con).

The tree was decorated by prayers penned by children from Leen Mills Primary School in Hucknall and Linby-cum-Papplewick Church Of England Primary School.

Coun Brothwell added: “A big thank you must go to everyone who puts so much time and effort into making this such a successful event. Without their hard work, it wouldn’t be possible.”