Saturday, 25 November 2017


Photo used with permission
by Dave Roberts

Middlewich has  been good at doing Christmas for many years now, and in 2017 the Christmas lights switch-on at 6pm on Friday 24th November was  truly something to behold. 

This remarkable photograph was taken from the Church Tower by Steve Bailey, just after the lights were switched on by the Mayor of Middlewich, Cllr Samantha Moss, and a member of the Rose Queen's retinue, Fairy Queen Rose Stanton.

Unfortunately the Rose Queen herself, Lois Ball, who was due to help with the ceremony, was poorly.

The photograph which, astonishingly, Steve took on his mobile phone without any thought of creating anything particularly special, is bound to be a classic Middlewich photo for many years to come.

It enables us to see the whole glorious spectacle in the Bull Ring and Wheelock Street as the people of the town throng the area, taking in the Street market lining the main street, the food and drink stalls providing festive cheer in the Bull Ring, and the entertainment in and around the amphitheatre provided by the Signal Radio Roadshow and Ronan Parke from Britain's Got Talent.

Towards the bottom left of the photograph you can see the car belonging to our Town Clerk, though why he should have chosen to own a vehicle of that particular hue, is anybody's guess.

So congratulations once again to all who worked so hard to make this event so memorable and thanks to Steve for letting us use his amazing photo.

Merry Christmas one and all!


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