Hattersley Christmas lights switch-on brings festive fun and literary treat

THERE was a literary theme to this year’s Hattersley Christmas lights switch on.

Every child who visited Father Christmas in his grotto at The Hub received a free book.

They came from the National Literacy Trust and The Book Trust which donated a total of 300 books.

The event was held over a four-hour period inside and outside The Hub.

Local community groups had stalls at the indoor Christmas fair to raise funds for their respective organisations.

And outside there was a stage with entertainment provided by different groups before Tameside’s civic mayor Councillor Leigh Drennan performed the official switch on of lights on the living tree which will remain for future years.

It was the second year that Hattersley has held a Christmas lights event similar to the ones held in Tameside’s 10 main towns.

As Hattersley is a sizeable community it was decided it merited having its own event which was launched in 2018.

It was organised by local councillors Janet Cooper, Jacqueline Owen and Betty Affleck.

  • The Travelling Theatre Company staged the panto Jack and the Beanstalk at The Hub with Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, attending.

Again literacy was the theme as the Forum bought 150 books which were given to each child who attended.

MP Jonathan Reynolds at the panto at The Hub

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