Hyndburn Borough Council have issued a statement about Christmas light switch-on events this year after statements began to circulate that some have been cancelled.

Some social media posts specifically said the Great Harwood Light Switch-on had been postponed until 2022.

However, the council have now addressed the “incorrect statements” and say the switch-ons will be going ahead as planned.

In a statement, Hyndburn Borough Council said: “Incorrect statements on social media have been circulating that light switch-ons have been cancelled.

“We can confirm this is not the case and currently all switch-ons will be going ahead as planned by the various organisers, with the Accrington switch-on being this evening (4pm-8:30pm on the town square).

“Events throughout the Borough have been arranged by various organisers and Hyndburn Borough Council are supporting them in their plans.

“If anything does change over the coming weeks we will update on our website and social media channels ASAP.

“Hope you all have a fantastic time!”

Earlier this year, organisers of the Great Harwood Christmas lights switch-on (3 December) said they were planning to downsize the event – but not cancel it entirely.

In previous years, they had a big stage, choirs of children from local schools, drinks and refreshments and business with Christmas toys for the kids - but none of this will go ahead at the Great Harwood event this year.

Hyndburn Councillor, Noordad Aziz, said: “I think there’s been some confusion about the event.

“In previous year the event has always led with choirs from each of the primary school  singing. We have downsized this as previously said.

“The event will happen just it’s been curtailed for the safety of our young people.”

Here is a full list of Christmas light switch-on events taking place in Hyndburn this year:

Oswaldtwistle

Date: Wednesday 24th November

Location: Jubilee Gardens

Start: 6pm

Switch-on: Approx. 6:30pm/End of Service

End: 7pm

 

Accrington

Date: Thursday 25th November

Location: Town Square & Market Hall

Start: 4pm

Switch-on: 7:15/7:30pm

End: 9pm

 

Huncoat 

Date: Friday 26th November

Location: Junction Altham Lane & Lowergate Rd

Start: 6:30pm

Switch-on: 6:50pm

End: 7pm

 

Church

Date: Monday 29th November

Location: Church Kirk Clock

Start: 6pm

Switch-on: 6:15pm

End: 6:30pm

(Bless of Crib at 5:30pm, Manor Gardens)

 

Clayton

Date: Tuesday 30th November

Location: Barnes Square

Start: 6pm

Switch-on: 6:30pm

End: 7:30pm

 

Milnshaw

Date: Wednesday 1st December

Location: Dyke Nook Gardens

Start: 5:30pm

Switch-on: 5:45/6pm

End: 6:30pm

 

Baxenden

Date: Thursday 2nd December

Location: Junction Manchester Rd & Southwood Dr

Start: 6:30pm

Switch-on: 6:45pm

End: 7pm

 

Great Harwood

Date: Friday 3rd December

Location: Towngate Square

Start: 6pm

Switch-on: 6:30/6:45pm

End: 7pm

 

Rishton

Date: Saturday 4th December

Location: School St/ Library & Health Centre

Start: 3pm

Switch-on: 5pm

End: 8pm

 

Altham: 

Date: Saturday 4th December

Location: Workers Memorial on Burnley Road

Start: 6pm

Switch-on: 6:10pm

End: 6:20pm

 

All information about switch-on events can be found here: https://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/news/christmas2021/


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