Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
The festive season began in Crewe on Friday 23rd November 2018 with the town’s Christmas Lights switch-on and a winter fairy story projected onto Municipal Building as a new month-long attraction.
The event featured a lantern parade led by Spark! – a street show with drumming and dancing to a kaleidoscopic lighting design - from Lyceum Square to Memorial Square. On arrival at Memorial Square Mayor of Crewe, Cllr Brian Roberts, switched on the Christmas lights at 6.30pm.
The switch-on was followed by an inaugural video mapping projection show – ‘Lumen - Crewe’s Night of Lights’ - onto the façade of Municipal Buildings. This stunning projection took viewers through a spectacular snowy, sooty, Victorian Crewe telling the story of an unlikely pairing, a chance encounter and amorous pursuit. The video projection will run every evening until 23rd December. The projection show was followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Crewe’s Memorial Square was lit by a magical glow of woodland creatures, giant flowers, luminous stars and ice drops and a ‘Fox Lady’ puppet who delighted children with walkabout performances around the town centre.
A winter market offered food and a wide range of festive gifts as well as a chance for children to meet Santa in his grotto.
‘Peal’ - a laser-triggered emulation of a church bell tower blending state-of-the-art technology with 300 year-old ringing patterns - offered visitors a chance to ‘ring’ bells by cutting beams of light with their hands.
Channel 5 filmed the event for a forthcoming TV show on 21st December.
The event was organised by Crewe Town Council and supported by local business and partners including: Cheshire East Council, Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe Library, TheCat 107.9FM, The Market, Design Office, ArtReach, Double Take Projection, Same Sky, Blitz Fireworks, Air Products, Prestige Motors Crewe, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC and ABC Childcare Services Crewe.