New Christmas lights for Castleford

20/11/2017, PR8696

​Castleford will be illuminated this festive season with new Christmas lights across the town centre.

The brand new bespoke lights will be lighting up the town later this month alongside its traditional Christmas lights.

Wakefield Council has partnered up with local Castleford company, Really Useful Products, to give Castleford’s Christmas decorations a distinct new look.

Really Useful Products has invested £20k in the lights which include 3D butterflies, stars and presents, with the Council also contributing £21k. The lights are created from 48,000 LED mini bulbs and if joined end to end would cover nearly 5km.

Cllr Jeffery and Chris Nicholson from Really Useful Products welcome the new Castleford Christmas Lights
Cllr Jeffery and Chris Nicholson from Really Useful Products welcome the new Castleford Christmas Lights

​The Christmas lights will be switched on by Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, who said: “We’re delighted to welcome these fantastic unique decorations to Castleford town centre. We hope they will encourage more people to come and visit and shop in the town centre this festive season.

Mike Pickles, CEO of Really Useful Products, said: “It’s great to partner with Wakefield Council in creating a great festive environment to bring more life to Castleford Town Centre.”

Cllr Jeffery added: “This is an excellent example of how we can work with private companies to boost our district, making them a great place to live, work and shop. Thank you to Really Useful Products for their generosity and support in lighting up Castleford.”

The official light switch on is taking place on Tuesday 28 November at 5.45pm. Cllr Jeffery will be joined by Castleford singer and X Factor star, Jack Walton and local community groups.

There will also be a Christmas market throughout the day in Castleford, from 10am to 6pm, with children’s rides, donkey rides and lots of family entertainment. Staged entertainment starts at 4pm where Jack Walton will be entertaining the crowds alongside performances from Lock Lane Community Group and Castleford Tigers Cheerleaders.

Visitors can share their photos from the switch-on event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eventsinwakefield

Or for more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/Christmas

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