People’s Christmas tree installed

Stewart McGarrie with the lights as the tree is installed
Stewart McGarrie with the lights as the tree is installed
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A CHRISTMAS tree paid for through public donations has been installed in Leigh town centre.

The 25ft tree is now in pride of place on Civic Square covered in thousands of lights which will be switched on at a ceremony on Monday.

The tree being installed

The tree being installed

Workmen spent several hours painstakingly putting the huge festive decoration in place and wrapping around 4,000 lights around it.

Leigh residents, businesses and community groups raised around £5,000 online as Wigan Council was unable to provide the town with its own tree for the festive season.

The campaign has been led by Stewart McGarrie from the Old Leigh Photographs Facebook group, with umbrella organisation Trust in Leigh provided the public liability insurance.

Entertainment on Civic Square begins on Monday at around 4,30pm, with a brass band playing, carols being sung by a community choir and dance performances.

The twinkling LED lights will then transform the town centre into a festive wonderland at around 6.30pm.

There will be a special report from the switch-on ceremony with pictures in this week’s Leigh Observer, out from Tuesday afternoon.