People get ready, there’s a Christmas train coming

The Tonka Train Lady Matilda, ready and waiting to let off steam around the town over the three day Christmas special
The Tonka Train Lady Matilda, ready and waiting to let off steam around the town over the three day Christmas special

Longridge is primed to set off the newly-themed late-night shopping event with a bang next month.

Planning the ambitious three-day ‘Longridge Does Christmas’ event has kept Longridge Business Group team busy for months.

The event will be set off by fireworks at the top of the town on Friday December 6.

Brimming with enthusiasm, LBG chair and Longridge businesswoman Carole Hart said: “Longridge has and will always be my life. I love our town and want it to thrive in every way.

“On Friday December 6, I want to see Longridge buzzing with excitement and Christmas spirit.

“There will be events all that weekend to interest one and all.

“For the children, locals and visitors alike there will be things to see and do.

“Longridge will be the talk of the borough – with the Lady Matilda Tonka train tooting her way up and down Berry Lane.

“Rob Charles will be starting off the celebrations at 6pm with a short firework display up at the top of Berry Lane. Attractions will include a Christmas themed Farmers’ Market, an open mic session, hot food stalls from local businesses, the Design Platform artisan group with demonstrations, children’s fairground rides, Santa will be in his grotto at the Youth Centre, Longridge Lions Christmas Bazaar, the Longridge Band concert and, to round it all off on the Sunday, you can join in with either the Christmas Pudding Run or the Children’s Fun Run.”

Carole asks that those who would like to take to the stage for the open mic event on the Friday night, have a stall in the Farmers’ Market or join in with street entertainment, to contact any business group member.

She said:“Without the support of the local businesses, this would not happen and many of the town’s businesses have been very generous with their support.

“However, more help is always needed and this is a brilliant way of making Longridge the talk and envy of the Ribble Valley.”

Contact Carole’s daughter Sandra via email enquiries@especiallyforyoubridal.co.uk or 01772 785334 to support the event with advertising or sponsorship.