FIREWORKS filled the air last night for Ellesmere Ports annual Christmas light switch on despite the city’s mayor not being invited.
McArthurGlen’s Cheshire Oaks Christmas season began in style as families turned out in their droves to enjoy the fun and watch the UK’s largest Christmas tree alight with a magical digital archway experience.
Ellesmere Port’s Mayor, Councillor Brian Jones, expressed his annoyance after receiving an invitation to this year’s event when attending previous years.
He said:“Tell them the Mayor is deeply upset, the fact that I’m the councillor for Whitby means it’s within my area. I’ve still got the plaque on the wall behind me for the commencement of the centre, so you would think they would have invited me.”
Instead, the Chester Male Voice Choir was on hand filling the air with carols as the tree was switched on and was heralded with a giant fireworks display.
Festive markets were also open where revellers could feast on traditional bratwurst, mulled wine and German beer.
McArthurGlen’s Cheshire Oaks team responded however saying as the event was fairly low key they didn’t feel it would be something that the mayor would want to be involved in.
Jennifer Wilson from McArthurGlen’s marketing team said:“We are hosting a VIP shopping event at the end of the month which the mayor will be invited to attend however.”
Students from West Cheshire’s College Performing Arts also carried out their own dance routine at this year’s big event with live bands.
Sophie Massey, 18, Holywell said:“Part of one of our units is to perform in front of an audience with different styles and we get marked for it. The process can be really stressful when it comes to performing and getting everyone ready but its all good fun in the end.”
To mark the start of the gifting season the designer outlet also gave special ‘Gifts of Joy’ offers throughout the stores and shoppers can now fit in those last-minute buys with extended openings hours throughout the Christmas.