Crewe town centre rocked on Friday evening. Music, dancing, tacky neon sticks, calorie-laden fast-food and chocolaty snacks, all topped off with a healthy dash of pyrotechnics. You couldn’t ask for much more. Well, apart from a dry night. That would have been nice. But despite the rain (that fine stuff, that gets you extra wet) Market Square was rammed, a real hive of activity; everyone was keen to get into the festive spirit – without a drop of booze in sight. They all waited, patiently…

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The Town Council went all-out to dazzle local residents with the Christmas lights switch-on, and they didn’t disappoint. It was a packed programme that had something for everyone. Without wanting to get too mushy, it was just great to see so many people enjoying themselves. Despite the miserable weather. Really, it was brilliant.

The gorgeous Lyceum Theatre stages Cinderella this December, and Market Square was treated to a splash of colour as some of the key cast members paraded around the centre. And who doesn’t love the pantomime? My favourites are the ugly sisters. I know it’s their job, but you have to admire how the actors get into character and make kids feel really special. That and embarrassing a few of the parents!

cl2Silk radio added the soundtrack; Blozone belted out some cracking tunes, and then the big guy in a red suit also took to the stage. The grand finale, of course, was Crewe Mayor, Councillor Dennis Straine-Francis, and the design-a-Christmas-card winner (sorry, didn’t hear who won) flipping the switch to illuminate Crewe town centre with twinkly lights, dancing reindeer and all manner of weird and wonderful neon signs. Bling!

Then, to ice the Mayor’s Christmas cake, those pyro-masters Blitz Fireworks delivered their now expected dose of gunpowder fantasia. The night air exploded with light, and those noses not full of cold enjoyed a hefty dose of sulphur. Ahhh…

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