Villages set for switch-on

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TWO villages are set to burst into colour as the Christmas cheer spreads to Hipperholme and Bailiff Bridge.

The festive season will be marked in Hipperholme tonight with the annual light switch on. The Christmas tree is being switched on by Kit Walton the sub-postmaster in Hipperholme at 6pm between Wakefield Road and Leeds Road.

After the light switch on drinks and mince pies will be available at Christ Church.

And the first Christmas fayre will take place on Sunday at The Tannery in Hipperholme, organised by local businesses.

There is a special treat in store for the residents of Bailiff Bridge when the Christmas lights are switched on tomorrow (Friday) evening in Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park in Victoria Road.

Head teacher at Bailiff Bridge Primary School Helen Proctor will be switching the lights on on the main tree which has been kindly donated by Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Brighouse.

The newly planted tree in the memorial park will also be making its debut. The tree was planted five years ago by Calderdale Council and in future years will be become the focal point of the festive celebrations.

Food is being served from 5.45pm including hotdogs, mince pies and refreshments. The lights will be switched on at 7pm.

Organiser Malcolm Silkstone said: “Councillors, residents and everyone else is welcome to join us.”

And the festivities will continue at the Community Centre for its Christmas market on Sunday, December 11. Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children. There will be stalls for cupcakes, sock animals, cards and gift wrap, pyjamas, jewellery, hampers, books and much more. It will run between 10am and 4pm.