Prepare for a fun-filled family event as Longridge plans its annual late-night shopping extravaganza featuring everything from carriage rides to craft stalls

Christmas is all about tradition and every year in Longridge there is a long history of having a lively fun-filled late-night shopping event just before Christmas.

Last year with the help of volunteers it was decided to build and expand on this and create a more family-friendly orientated event.

This theme continues for 2019 and the Town Council, local businesses and volunteers have come together to plan the evening which will take place on Thursday 28th November from 6pm to 9pm.

The evening will be officially opened by a well-known face in Londgridge, Irene Reid MBE who has served for 50 years as a lollipop lady on Berry Lane. She will turn on the Christmas tree lights at the station building before officially declaring the late-night shopping event open.

In addition to the town’s shops remaining open attractions will include:
• Donkey and princess carriage rides
• Craft stalls
• Food stalls
• The Valley Singers and Whitechapel School Choirs performing around the town
• Face painting in Booths supermarket

Whitechapel School Choir will perform at the opening of the late-night shopping extravaganza while the Valley singers will also entertain performing around the town. The Valley Singers have been performing for over two decades and continue to thrive. A mixed four-part choir, the singers are of varying ages and abilities, rehearsing and performing regularly. Led by an experienced conductor, composer, teacher and musician and accompanied by a fantastic pianist, the choir sings a wide range of music including a variety of sacred and secular festive music that will feature in the Longridge Does Christmas event.

There will also be a street collection and raffle in aid of Cancer Help Vine House, the Mayor’s chosen charity for 2019.



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