Batley Christmas lights switch-on finalised

Batley singer-songwriter Jade Helliwell.
Batley singer-songwriter Jade Helliwell.

A timetable for the switching on of Batley’s Christmas lights has been drawn up.

The fun will kick off on Saturday November 22 at 1pm, when fairground rides will be on offer in the market area.

Pulse Radio will be playing music from 2pm, with their show starting at 4pm.

Santa will be in his grotto from 3pm and the Mayor of Kirklees Coun Ken Smith will arrive with Mayoress Coun Christine Smith at 5pm.

Headline act Jade Helliwell (pictured) will give a performance at 5.40pm, with the lights to be switched on at 6pm, followed by fireworks.

Preparations have been made by the dedicated members of the Batley Business Association, who were also responsible for the recent Halloween Trail and also put on the town’s Vintage Day.

Speaking in October, chairman Andrew Marsden said: “Very simply, the more successful events are in the town, the stronger foundation we’ve got to put on events in the future.”