The countdown to Christmas has officially started in the village when the Alderley Edge Christmas lights were switched on last night.
Local resident and TV presenter Michelle Ackerley was joined on stage by Reverend Robin Pye, Father Christmas and the winners of the school's poster competition - Katie Critchley and Amelia Livingstone from Alderley Edge School for Girls, Abigail Fairbrother and Amelia Karlsson-Smyth from Alderley Edge Community Primary School and Naya Panchal and Toby Clarke from The Ryleys.
The village centre was closed to traffic for the festive celebrations to enable children's rides, Christmas stalls and the stage to be set up on London Road. Whilst many retailers remained open later than usual for the occasion along with the restaurants and bars.
The entertainment kicked off at 6pm with music and carols from local school children and performances from CHYPS Pantomime Group, Halt & Catch Fire Band, Siren Sounds, Jenem and the Onyx Dance Group. Whilst Brad Hart hosted the evening and kept the crowd entertained whilst the acts set up and built up the atmosphere for the countdown.
Speaking about living in the village, Michelle Ackerley said "Alderley Edge is more than a village. It’s a sense of community that is so precious and something that we all need to look after.
"I feel very lucky to have grown up a part of it and know that we all need to make sure that ‘it’ continues. Supporting eachother, caring for eachother and always being able to say ‘how are you?"
Paul Marshall said "As a member of the audience, I thought the the performers were talented, the market stalls were festive and varied and the fairground rides were just perfect for the young crowd. Most of all, the village supported another local event in the way that they always do - with cheer and enthusiasm."
Mitch Gilbert, AETAG Chairman, said ""Another great turn out for the Alderley Edge Christmas light switch on and great seasonal weather added to a fabulous evening.
"AETAG wish to thank all who participated in helping put together this years event and would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas."