Mexborough finally gets its own Christmas tree

Santa arrives in Mexborough with his little helper Seren Simmonite (eight). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Santa arrives in Mexborough with his little helper Seren Simmonite (eight). Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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Mexborough will have a Christmas tree in its town centre this year - for the first time ever.

The 20ft high tree has been donated by Mexborough clothing firm Vasey Valentine and will be placed near the outdoor market on High Street.

The illuminations will be switched on by a mystery guest at 6pm on Saturday, December 6.

The ceremony will follow a day of family fun.

Visitors can expect to see fairground rides, numerous stalls, carol singers, festive music and a Santa’s grotto from about 11am onwards.

There will also be a traditional procession, led by Father Christmas, from the fish market down to the town centre for the switch-on.

Councillor Sue Phillips, of organisers Mexborough Positive Activity Group, said: “This will be a fantastic event and the first time we have had a tree in the town centre.

“If you want to set a stall on the day, come along and do it - we are not charging.

“We could also do with a choir coming forward to sing on the day.

“Anyone interested can contact me on 07501 666 166.”

Fellow councillor Andy Pickering said: “It will be the first time a really good sized tree has been used as a focal point, and I think it begins to put us on a par with much larger towns.”