ON Thursday evening, crowds flocked to city centre for the annual Christmas Parade of Light.
The superb spectacle saw Chester’s very own Queen of Light glide through the city, illuminating the street lights and igniting fireworks as she passed.
The parade, which commenced at 7pm, exploded onto the Town Hall square and made its way through the city streets on a circular route, with many choirs and bands performing festive favourites at key locations in the city centre.
Rachel Ashley, a spokesperson for Cheshire West and Chester council, said: “The Christmas lights switch-on event was a great success. We estimate between 6,000 and 8,000 people filled the streets to watch the Queen of Light Parade illuminate the city’s lights and tree.”
She continued: “The event ran smoothly and we are pleased to report there were no crowd control issues.”
The Queen of Light was followed by a flurry of friends, such as The Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Chester, children from various primary schools in the area, Cheshire Dance and University of Chester dance students, Swing Stompers, a Chester Zoo tiger from their Lantern Magic event, all accompanied by Santa in his sleigh to complete the Christmas spirit.
One of the Christmas Market vendors at the event, Oliver Forrester, 32, from Liverpool, said: “It was nice to see so many people out to watch the celebrations, the atmosphere was fantastic. This is my first time selling at the Chester Christmas Markets and the parade definitely helped spread the word to potential customers.”
David Atkinson, Events Co-ordinator for Cheshire West and Chester council, said: “The organization for the event started in Jan, at last year’s debrief. We work with many organizations to bring the event together – Chester Cathedral, Chester Zoo, Cheshire Marketing, Chester Racecourse, Chester BID, and many departments within the Council.”
Adding: “We will have a debrief in the new year to look at what went well and what didn’t go so good and this will formulate what we do for 2015.”