Christmas tree arrives in town

The Christmas tree arriving in Leigh
The Christmas tree arriving in Leigh

THE Christmas tree paid for by a public fund-raising campaign has arrived in Leigh town centre.

The 25ft tree will be covered in 4,000 LED lights in what campaign leaders say will be an appropriate colour scheme and topped with a snowflake on Civic Square.

Hundreds of residents are expected to turn up on Monday December 14 to see the tree, which has been bought after Leythers chipped in £5,000 to make the idea a reality, lit up.

There will be a switch-on ceremony with entertainment on the square from around 4.30pm until the great moment when the tree is lit up at 6.30pm.

There will be carols sung by community choir All Singers Great and Small, festive music from a brass band and performances by Dance Leighders with Amy Burden.

Old Leigh Photographs group founder Stewart McGarrie, who has led the Leigh Observer-backed campaign, said: “We’re all very excited now. It’s less than a week away and as a community we are looking forward to it.

“It really means something to the people of Leigh and there is a community spirit in the town that I don’t think has been visible for decades.”