Christmas arrives with a bang in Stafford

Christmas has arrived in Stafford – as thousands gathered to watch this year’s festive display being switched on.

The button was pressed on Saturday by inspirational 11-year-old Orla Fielder from Penkridge, who won a borough council-run competition to turn the lights on.

Festivities took place throughout the day, with a Santa Parade kicking everything off. There was also an array of marching bands, festive floats and street entertainers. The lights were switched on at 5pm and that was followed by a fireworks display from the roof of the Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Stafford Mayor, Councillor Angela Loughran, was at the switch on. She said: “It was an excellent day and the town was very busy. “It was lovely to see so many children enjoying themselves. The Santa Parade was a massive success. We had lots of floats taking part. Little Orla had a great day.”

Orla was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and has since helped raise £4,000 for charity.

Hednesford also celebrated its Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday. There were stalls selling gifts and food, and fairground rides running for youngsters, as well as live music.

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