Xmas lights switch-on in Ripon

A big crowd watched this year's switch-on. (1311221AM8)
A big crowd watched this year's switch-on. (1311221AM8)

Ripon market square was full of festive cheer on Saturday when the city held its Christmas lights switch-on.

The honours were performed on Saturday evening by Father Christmas and Libby Wilson, a nine-year-old Ripon girl who won the chance to switch on the lights after winning an art competition organised by Discover Ripon and Ripon Library.

Speaking before the event, Libby, a Year 4 pupil at Belmont Grosvenor School in Bistwith, said: “I am really looking forward to this – I’ll never have the chance to switch on the Christmas lights in Ripon ever again, it’s so exciting.”

The art competition required entrants to depict a Christmas in Ripon theme and Libby was joined on the stage by the runners-up – Eve Maylor, nine, and Florence Maylor, seven.

The trio arrived on the market square accompanied by Santa Claus on a horse-drawn carriage.

This year the city’s festive decorations included new Christmas lights on Market Place, bought with £9,581 pledged by the people and businesses of Ripon and supported by the city council.

– For more pictures, see this week’s Ripon Gazette out Thursday, November 28.