Festive fun comes to Leigh for big lights switch

Leigh Centurions celebrate winning the Kingstone Press Championship League Leaders Shield. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh Centurions celebrate winning the Kingstone Press Championship League Leaders Shield. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
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Leigh is gearing up for a Christmas spectacular with the town’s rugby league heroes having the honour of switching on this year’s festive lights.

Leigh Christmas lights switch on takes place on Thursday, November 19 from 5pm to 7pm.

Fantastic musical performances will entertain the crowds before Leigh Centurions and their top coach Paul Rowley do the big switch on alongside the Mayor of Wigan Borough.

The fun starts at 5pm with the talented musical children of Westleigh High School Band performing followed by musical performances from the Birchall Duo, local singer Zoe Unsworth and Christmas panto fun from the Turnpike Players.

Then Atherton singer Martin Finn, who has severe autism, will wow the crowds with a special singing performance.

Martin is not able to verbally communicate through speech but loves to sing and has previously featured on BBC3’s Autistic Superstars.

Leigh Centurions will then come on stage to thank the fans for their support this season and speak about their hopes for next year.

The Centurions boss Paul Rowley will then join the Mayor of Wigan Borough Councillor Susan Loudon to switch on the lights.

Leigh’s Christmas lights are funded jointly by Wigan Council and the Leigh south, east and west and Atherleigh ward councillors through their Brighter Borough funding.

Councillor Anita Thorpe, from the Leigh Town Centre Management Committee which organises the lights switch-on, said: “The Leigh Christmas lights switch on promises to be a fantastic event and I would urge people from Leigh and the surrounding areas to come and enjoy the music and the special performances we have lined up.

“Leigh is a great place for people to do their Christmas shopping with well-known high street brands alongside independent shops and of course our fabulous friendly and value for money market. Leigh is definitely the place to be this Christmas.”

The Leigh Santa parade then takes place on Saturday, November 21 at 3.30pm in and around the Spinning Gate shopping centre.

There is now free car parking on all council car parks in Leigh after 3pm and free on Sundays.

Car parks taking part in the free sessions include Spinning Gate, The Town Hall Leigh, Doctors Nook, Lord Street, The Railway Arches, Church Street.