Middleton turned out in their hundreds on Saturday 19th November to see the Mayor of Rochdale Borough, Councillor Ray Dutton, the Mayoress Elaine Dutton, our MP for Middleton and Heywood Liz McInnes and special celebrity guest Coronation Street’s own Samia Ghadie kick off the festivities and turn on the Christmas Lights in the Town Centre. The atmosphere in the Town Centre was electric and the support from the community phenominal. Samia complemented the crowds in Middleton and thanked everyone for being so friendly.
Middleton’s Christmas Launch, organised by Middleton Town Centre Management Company, with funding from Middleton Shopping Centre and Middleton Township, included a family fun fair, festive stalls, a community stage jam packed with acts from 12noon until the switch on at 5.45pm, live music, a free ‘postyourselfie’ photo booth complete with selfies and with Santa himself, great food and complementary mulled wine and mince pies.
Throughout the day, we saw performances from Middleton Popstars Academy, Rochdale Music Service, Middleton Brass Band, Langley Theatre Work Shop and the winners and runners up of Middleton Shopping Centre’s Summer Sessions – Seedy and Sketchy, Savannah Kunyo and Jayne Barnes School of Dance.
The festive launch concluded with a spectacular fireworks display.
Ashleigh Franklin, Middleton Town Centre Manager said ‘Again, another fantastic event for Middleton. It really is heart warming to see so many people turn out for our switch on. Thank you to the community for their continued support, both the acts that perform and the public who turn out. Without you, this event would not be possible