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Lighting up Leyland

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Leylanders showed it'd take more than a bit of rain to dampen their Christmas spirit, when they turned out in their droves for the town's festive light switch-on.

The council – together with Leyland Town Team – delivered a jam-packed Christmas Festival that did not disappoint, on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the rain and the cold (not to mention hailstones!), people came out in their thousands to witness the Christmas lights being switched on by Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson and South Ribble Mayor Councillor Mick Titherington.

The event – in Hough Lane, Leyland – featured an ice rink, live music, starlight parade, Santa’s Grotto, fun fair rides, arts & crafts stalls, food & drink, face painting and more.

But perhaps the most moving moment of the night came with the illumination of ‘Saffie’s Star’ – designed by Richard Ryan from the Blackpool Illuminations team – to honour the memory of Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

Saffie's father, Andrew Roussos, thanked the people of Leyland for their "absolutely amazing love and support".

Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mick Titherington, said: "The abiding legacy of Saffie’s will be one of love and the shining star is such a fitting tribute.”

The Christmas Festival was the result of much hard work by many of the town's businesses, the council's Leyland Neighbourhood Forum, and Leyland Town Team.