Christmas to come early this year for the team

Mayor Coun Mick Titherington and mayoress Carole Titherington lead  the starlight parade at Leyland's Christmas lights switch-on
Mayor Coun Mick Titherington and mayoress Carole Titherington lead the starlight parade at Leyland's Christmas lights switch-on
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It will be the height of summer – but the Christmas trees will already be out.

For Leyland Town Team is organising a summer Christmas ball to raise funds for next festive season.

Martin Carlin, of the town team, said the organisation was preparing for its annual general meeting in March when a number of initiatives for the coming year will be announced.

The end-of-June event ball is one of them, and money raised from it will go towards Leyland’s Christmas lights.

“We’re looking to have a summer Christmas ball this year to raise money for the Christmas lights,” he said. “The Christmas trees that we have above the shops will be on the tables at the end of June.”

He added: “We’re going to organise another sponsored walk with a different route this time.”

Last year the team, which is made up of proactive who together with the council, discuss ways of improving the brand of ‘Leyland’, invited folk on a sponsored walk from the Lytham Windmill to the Leyland Lion pub to raise money for the Christmas attractions.

Meanwhile, Martin reminded shoppers that the team has a book stall in Leyland Market on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Folk simply choose a book and make a donation. Any book donations would be welcome, so if you’ve finished a good read, why not donate it to stall - just on the right hand side as you walk in to the market. We have a little stall which is run by the market on our behalf,” explained Martin. “We’ve had it about two years. It generates quite a bit of money. It can raise within a year about £1,000.”