Christmas Lights
and Market
          Image courtesy of John Johnson


Christmas Lights

            For the first time it was decided to hold the market in the Chadderton Town Hall ballroom:  When the authors
            of this article entered the room via the recently installed  lift the first  person we encountered was Santas'
            little helper, in the form of Christine Dennis, the Societies' hardworking official.

 The Hall was tranformed into a market place with scores of tables individually selling
Later the spectators  were



The Lights were switched on by the winners of a competition to be crowned Prince and Princess. Daniel and Charlotte switched on the 2009 Chadderton Christmas Lights with the accompaniment of an enthusiastic countdown from spectators and Christmas carols played by the Chadderton Band.

Thanks to Fr. Alan Cooke, for Blessing the Lights, and our own Town Crier and Santa Clause for taking the time out of their busy schedule to attend.

Below is the image of the roundabout, organised by Christine Dennis, co-opted member of the Chadderton Lights Committee and also Market Stalls on the day.

Thanks to John Johnson for the Photographs.

Merry Christmas
Christmas Lights Supported by

Chadderton District Partnership. Chadderton Historical Society Chadderton Neighbourhood Police Team. Chadderton Band, Woodland Medical Practice, St Mark's Church. Doctor Kershaws, Floral Art Society. Chadderton Community Church. Henrich Tenants and Residents Association. Chadderton Primary Schools, Firwood & District Residents Association. ASDA, Hilltop Farm, J.W. Lees. Lifelong Learning. Chadderton Hall Park.



Proving very popular was the new Skating rink. Queues of young people waited to have their chance of 10 minutes skating on the artificial ice.

School children from St Herbert's were the first to try this out, and soon the air was full of exciting laughter and high jinx as they tried to keep their balance on the unfamiliar surface.

I think they would all agree that a good time was had by all.

Unusually, the Christmas Lights Switch-on was on the same date as Lancashire Day. Reports and images can be found on the News of the Year Page:

The Lights were switched on by Chaddy the Owl, and the winners of the competition; Ellie Faulkner, Tristan Jones, Amy Prince and for the first time, a Prince and Princess were elected; Cyle Bell, and Claire Bradburn.


 Photograph courtesy of the Oldham Advertiser.

As a new innovation the lamposts were decorated with animated Christmas images and hopefully we will expand on these next year.



Images courtesy of John Johnson

Image courtesy of Arthur Chorley

Again the market was a great success, the atmosphere exciting, and all the stall-holders reported enthusastic purchasing of gifts, cards, souvenirs!

Image courtesy of Arthur Chorley


Thanks should also be awarded to:

Mills Hill School,Cakes Stall.

St. Mark Church, Bric a Brac

Congregational Church, Mince Pies

Historical Society, Badges etc and Competitions.

Christine Dennis, Tombola

Joyce Willson, Scarves and Hats.

Dr Kershaws, Charity Goods and Handicrafts.

Barbecue. Foxdenton


FairGround Rides, John Thompson,

Handmade cards, Elsie Lawson.

Cards and souvenir, Sentiments,

Jewellery, Mr Howarth,

Crystal Products, Mrs Corcoran

Sweets and chocolates, Mr Bray

Mulled Wine, Asda- Helen Shaw

Help the Aged, Lynda

Photography, Gaynor Anderson

Floral Arts Society.

Bare Trees Tenants and Residents Assoc. For their continuing Support & Donations.

Images courtesy of John Johnson
Also thanks to Fr. Alan Cooke for Blessing of the Lights, and our own Town Crier, Reg Lord and Santa Clause for taking the time out of their busy schedule to attend.

Christmas Lights 2007
This year, for the first time, it was agreed to try a Festive Market.

The photograph shows Chadderton's Town Crier, Reg Lord, Chadderton's Historical 's Banner. Mark Simmons, Area Manager, Fr. Alan Cooke, Charlotte Bostock as Snow White.

This year the lights were switched-on by Chadderton pensioner Harold Smithies, who was present on his ship when the Atomic Bomb hit Hiroshima.

The one-day Christmas market was a great success stalls selling toys, cards, sweets, crystals , jewellery and cheeses.

All the shops stayed open until 8 p.m., so there were chips, hot potatoes and kebabs available.

All the stall holders were very enthusiastic, the general feeling being that a permanent market on the precinct would be beneficial to businesses and public alike.


Chadderton Historical's stall

Spectators enjoying the switch-on


Friday 24th November 2006

This year the lights introduced by Chadderton's Town Crier, Reg Lord, and switched on by Manchester United legend Jack Crompton, with the assistance of Cloe Walsh chosen to represent the young people at the event.

Also in attendance, Father Christmas and Snow White, Charlotte Bostock. Michael Lawson, secretary of Chadderton Historical Society, and casts of the St Herbert's pantomine.

Image by Arthur Chorley, official photographer for the Chadderton Historical Society  
  Old Trafford Greats
     JACK Crompton

The Chadderton Area Christmas Lights Sub-Committee were fortunate to secure the services of Jack Crompton for the 2006 switch-on in Chadderton.

Jack was incidental in the Manchester United winning the 1948 Cup Final against Blackpool. who had the legendary Stanley Matthews playing against the team. Jack pulled off several brilliant saves to keep United in contention when they were 2-1 down and also started the move which led to the winning strke by Stan Pearson.


Carol Singing led by Christ Church Beavers and Cubs, accompanie Bare Trees School Community Wind Band.

The images with kind permission of John Johnson and Arthur Chorley.


Chadderton Area Committee would like to thank most sincerely:

Jack Crompton for performing the Switch-On;

The Young People of Chadderton and Youth Service for the 'Youth Buzz;.

The Town Crier of Chadderton Reg Lord, for fulfilling his public role so well;

The Vicar of St. Mark's, fr. Alan Cooke, for Blessing our Christmas Lights;

Father Christmas, for interupting his busy seasonal schedule to be present!;

Christ Church Beavers & Cubs and their Leaders under Anne Elliot;

Bare Trees School Community Wind Band, and their Conductor, John Collins;

North Chadderton High School Band and their Conductor, Kathryn Dunning;

South Chadderton High School Band, and their Conductor, David Kent;

Chadderton Floral Art Society for their beautiful Seasonal Displays in the Town Hall;

St.Herbert's. Amateur.Dramatic and Entertainment Society for 'Robinson Crusoe';

Asda Superstore. Ashiquee Restaurant, Chadderton Post Office, Costco, Greggs Bakery,

Greggs Discount, Hampsons Bakery, Ink Pot Tattoos, Land of Nod, Mega Bites and

Wynsor Shoes; for all their goodwill and generosity in donating refreshments, prizes, etc. etc.;

J. W. Lees' Brewery for their generous donation of wine;

Bare Trees Tenants & and Residents' Association for organising the refreshments;

Greater Manchester Pension Fund for generously supporting the Precinct Lights;

David Cook Motors, Kirkhams Estate Agents, M & S Motors, Mews Beauty Salon,

Scentiments, Sun Mill Inn, for their festive Lights displays:

Chadderton Historical Society for organising Procession, Bands, Carol Sheet, etc;

All the Churches of Chadderton for the beautiful Christmas Crib in Asda Superstore:

Inspector J. Haywood and: Chadderton Township Police for their support:

Members of the Chadderton Christmas Lights Sub-Committee for all their hard work:

The People of Chadderton for supporting and promoting community cohesion.

A Happy Christmas to you all!
Mention should also be made to the lights, not sponsored by the Area Committee but funded by local businesses, in particular David Cook Motors, The Mews, and Kirkhams, and Sentiments, Middleton Road , also ASDA for the first time for their outside lights Christmas Tree, and Nativity Crib, funded by local churches, and supported by the Moslem Association, which they displayed in the ASDA foyer. Thank you to all concerned.

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Preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Chadderton.



Chadderton Town Hall

Police Station,Chadderton Township


Th' Iron Donger

GTEC Printers Ltd.Falcon Business



Chadderton Library. O.M.B.C


St. Mark's

St. Mark's Church


Foxdenton Park

Parks Section, O.M.B.C.


Coalshaw Green Park

Chadderton Shopping Centre.


Chadderton Leisure Centre

Oldham Community Leisure Ltd.


Princess Park

Wiggett Homes


Foxdenton Hall

Costco Wholesale.


Rose of Lancaster

Wrigley Partington. Chartered Accountants.


Locks on Canal

Voith Engineers


Chadderton Hall Park

Baretrees Residents Association.

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