Mossley’s switched on

MOSSLEY’S Christmas lights switch-on was hailed a resounding success, even though it was criticised by one resident.

Hundreds packed on to the Market Ground for the event with Micklehurst-based Global Grooves providing some of their spectacular creations.

A review of the switch-on took place at Mossley Town Council’s December meeting, when it was reported there was probably an overspend of between £500 and £600 from the £10,000 budget set aside for the event.

It was during the discussion that resident Alan Thomas, from Mill Lane, wanted to know where the lights were in the town.

He would have preferred Christmas lights in the town centre over the festive period rather than one event lasting a couple of hours.

Town councillor Ruth Kerfoot explained the events in Mossley and Micklehurst were popular, what people wanted and “engaged the community”.

Town clerk Mike Iveson explained there had been a big event on the Market Ground for each of the last four years and hopefully it will be even larger in 2020 if Global Grooves can also secure funding to put on a lantern parade like the one staged in 2017.

Mr Iverson also pointed out the difficulties in putting up lights as each lamppost must be push and stress tested by Tameside Council before anything can be attached to it.

Town councillor Idu Miah described the lights switch-on event as more cost effective than perhaps spending £15,000 on lights.

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