Crowds enjoy fair and festive lights in Irthlingborough

Allison Matthews and Hannah Minney from It's A Gift
Allison Matthews and Hannah Minney from It's A Gift

Crowds of people turned out to see the Christmas lights in Irthlingborough turned on and enjoy the Christmas fair.

The lights were switched on on Thursday by the town’s oldest resident, Betty York, with help from the mayor John Farrar, Cllr John Gray and the MP for Corby and East Northants Andy Sawford.

The event, in Parson’s Green, included stalls, children’s rides, a fire eater, music from Raunds Temperance Band and displays by various dancing groups in the town.

There was also a display by the Waterloo Drummers and a Santa’s grotto, as well as performances by the town’s schools’ choirs.

Kate James, one of the organisers, said: “We put it on every year for the benefit of the townspeople and try to make everything as free as possible.

“We decided to ask the town’s oldest resident to turn on the lights rather than get a celebrity and went through the church to find Betty.

“It was a slightly bigger fair than before with more stalls and was very busy. The weather was good to us and everyone had a good time.”

The event is funded by money from various councillors’ empowerment fund money, by the county councillor Sylvia Hughes and Spire Homes.