Selston gets festive with lights switch on

Eric the elf on the shelf made an appearance, along with Mickey Mouse
Eric the elf on the shelf made an appearance, along with Mickey Mouse

Selson's Christmas lights have been officially switched on, thanks to the efforts of the community.

The events were made possible by a team of residents who pulled together to fundraiser for the lights, after council funding was reduced.

The Selston team at the well-lit council offices

The Selston team at the well-lit council offices

At the Co-op, children from schools in Selston sang touching carols, conducted by Rev. Canon Fiona Shouler.

The Co-op made sure everyone was fed, with mince pies handed out to the crowd.

The new lighting display was switched on by Councillor Sam Wilson and has been declared 'the best display Selston has ever had'.

Later on in the evening, the lights at the old council offices were switched on by Eric, the elf on the shelf.
There were also stalls, fairground rides, ponies dressed as unicorns and Micky and Minnie Mouse even attended.

Santa took time out of his busy schedule to give out chocolates to anyone that visited him.

Santa took time out of his busy schedule to hand out chocolates

Santa took time out of his busy schedule to hand out chocolates

Emma Olden, from Selston Sarnies said: " The Selston Christmas Team and YouthTogether have been fundraising all year to give Selston the best display they have ever had and going by everyone’s comments on the night and on social media we definitely pulled it off.

"The team would like to thank everyone that donated to the fund, Selston Parish Council and the Coop also everyone that was involved in making the events be as successful as they were.

Fun Timez mascots also kindly donated the mascots who appeared on the night.

Emma and the Selston Christmas Team have been organising the events and lights since February.

The lights and events were funded by kind-hearted members of the community donating clothes to Selston Sarnis, which Emma then sold, and saved the money so that the event could be free for all who attended.

Emma added: "We've had some amazing comments, the displays look really good.

"It was really successful, everyone had a good time,

"It was a free event so everyone could take part."

And the fun doesn't stop there - The Selston Christmas team are now looking for the most festive house in the village.

The light up Selston competition will see a winner take first prize of £100, and two runners up will receive £50 and £25.

The team will be out and about, looking for the best dressed house during the week commencing Monday December 17.

If you know of a house that deserves a prize, you can message the Spotted Selston community group here