IMAGES: Starbeck Christmas lights switch-on

The Starbeck lights switch-on ceremony and Christmas Fair was hailed a success by organisers despite challenging weather conditions.

Residents braved gales and lashing rain to join in the festive celebrations after dedicated volunteers worked hard to ensure the village’s new lights were ready for the switch-on.

Electrian Brian Busby gets well earned cup of coffee for all his work on the Starbeck Christmas lights from Fiona Sherwood and Coun. Janet Law. (1511283AM)

Electrian Brian Busby gets well earned cup of coffee for all his work on the Starbeck Christmas lights from Fiona Sherwood and Coun. Janet Law. (1511283AM)

More than 500 people attended the Christmas Fair at St Andrew’s Church and a total of almost £1,000 was raised.

Fiona Sherwood, secretary of Starbeck Gala and Lights Comittee, said: “It went really well. The weather was a bit disappointing, as it put a few people off coming out. However, the lights switch-on was well receieved and there was a good turn-out at the fair, which felt very Christmassy.”

Two giant Christmas trees have been illuminated at Prospect Park, as well as outside the church. However, some of the lights may have already been damaged by the wintery conditions.

Mrs Sherwood said: “The weather has been completely wild. The guys putting the lights up had to have three changes of clothes. I think some of the lights on the tree in Prospect Park have been wind damaged as well.”

This year new lights are illuminating Starbeck High Street thanks to the support of the community and the return of the village’s gala.

A huge turnout at the event, which took place in August following a two-year break, boosted the coffers of the lights fund, paving the way for a whole new set of lights, as well as the restoration of exisiting decorations.

Anyone interested in joining the Starbeck Gala and Lights Committee can message the group via committee’s Facebook page.

“Anything people can do to help would be brilliant,” said Mrs Sherwood.