‘Scaled-down’ Christmas planned for Longridge

Jacob Jones on the Land Train at a previous Longridge Does Christmas launch. Photo Neil Cross
Jacob Jones on the Land Train at a previous Longridge Does Christmas launch. Photo Neil Cross

Longridge’s popular Land Train will not be chugging up the street this year as the town faces a scaled-down Christmas.

After a major team shake-up of organisers Longridge Business Group, dates for the town’s main festive event have been confirmed as December 4,5 and 6.

We will have Longridge Band, a hog roast, a funfair, some local entertainments and the opening at the Heritage Centre – but no train this year

Sharon Loving

But the Christmas celebrations will be smaller this year, with no train and fewer stalls.

After the Business Group’s annual meeting – described as ‘lively’ by one member – chairman Carole Hart stood down.

New chairman Sharon Loving, who owns the Ginger Baker, said: “We will have Longridge Band, a hog roast, a funfair, some local entertainments and the opening at the Heritage Centre – but no train this year.”

The group behind the town’s popular Christmas festivities will now be headed by Sharon Loving, owner of the Ginger Baker.

Carole also headed the Longridge Business Group, but she has stood down from that and will be suceeded by Andrew McLoughlin of Astute Wealth Management.

Sharon said: “Decisions were made at a lively meeting to concentrate this year on promoting our shops and businesses, with Longridge Band, a hog roast, a funfair, some local entertainments and the opening at the Heritage Centre all in the programme, but no train this year.

“Once we have everything together, we will be putting out the full details as soon as possible.”

Carole, who is looking forward to a ‘well earned rest’ added she will continue to look after the Longridge Does Shopping customer scheme.

She said that, after starting LBG almost three years ago, she was pleased to hand over to Andrew.

She said: “What should be a strong working group will be in a better position to keep working on the foundations built by myself and the small but supportive committee.

“We have worked hard to keep the Longridge Business Group focused on its aims and have achieved many things, especially the launch of Longridge Does Shopping which proved highly popular.”

The LBG committee members are treasurer Daniel Foy assisted by Melissa Thorpe, secretary Angela Singleton, membership secretary Catherine Reid, website manager Robert Walker, Austin Anderton, John Swift, Emma Anderton, Christine Nutter, Kate Walsh and Angela Harrison.

In a town council update on the traditional Christmas trees with which businesses light up the streets, it was confirmed the cost of their installation would increase by £1 from £15 to £16, with the removal cost staying at £10.

Also, as the brackets were very small, it has been requested the trunks were no larger than 2.5 to 3 inches. The council had also confirmed a couple of providers have been contacted.