‘Christmas has really started’ – Festive lights switched on in Mother Town

Christmas has well and truly started in Burslem after the town’s festive lights were switched on this evening.

Community group Our Burslem arranged the event in line with the current Covid restrictions.

A number of stalls were set up, including from the City College and Caudwell Children, while Swan Bank Church Choir performed for those attending.

The lights themselves were turned on by Port Vale chairman Carol Shanahan.

Our Burslem member Jay Gardiner said “Our Burslem thought it was really important this year for our community to have something positive and up-lifting for them.

“So we looked at the Covid-19 guidelines and we put in place more than was even necessary. We had socially distanced viewing points marked out on the floor for everyone to stand on with their families and keep them safe.

“We had sanitising stations and had to make sure that everyone wore a mask. We had a one-way system in operation where you go one way in and one way out.

“And we feel that was what made everyone feel safe. For the first time this year people have been able to come out and experience a festive feel.

“This is the start of Christmas, we’ve had a really rough year, and myself and the rest of Our Burslem truly believe that the community is the heart of any area, and if the community are down then the area will be down.

“By doing this you can see the smiles on their faces, the children now feel like Christmas has really started.”

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