Caroline Flint was guest of honour to light up Tickhill for Christmas as the MP joined town councillors and local children at the Tickhill Buttercross to perform the count down to the big switch on.
Caroline then joined recently retired Town Clerk Margaret Cannings Clough on a tour of local businesses to judge the best shop window.
After much deliberation, the winner was Strand Hair and Beauty, which won for the second year.
Said Caroline: “The Tickhill Christmas switch on certainly drew the crowds this year and with a concerted effort by the town council and local businesses, together they have transformed the town for the festive season. The tree and the Buttercross are magnificent and the street lights, local shops and the trees along Northgate have all used complimentary lighting displays.
“The whole display makes Tickhill more welcoming at this time of year.”
Speaking of the best shop window display, Caroline said: “For a display that was stylish and used the whole window space, Clare Atkinson did a great job and was a worthy winner at Strand Hair and Beauty. But I should also give a special mention to Enterprise Accountants for their recycled snowman and plaque announcing the office of Scrooge and Marley; and to Holmes & Co, the bridal shop, for a fantastic dress made from foliage.
Commenting on Caroline’s visit, Margaret Cannings-Clough said: "It is always a pleasure to have Rt. Hon Caroline Flint M.P. and Phil Cole at any event and this evening was no exception. Thanks are extended to both for such lovely company throughout the evening. The lights switch on went without a hitch and despite the very inclement weather, huge crowds turned out to witness the annual event. Thanks are extended to the businesses and residents who make this a much looked forward to occasion in our busy calendar."
In front of the Tickhill Xmas tree, left to right, Maxine Booker (newly appointed Town Clerk), Deborah Smith, Margaret Cannings-Clough, Caroline Flint, Julia Clough and Cllr Nigel Cannings.
Worthy winner - Clare Atkinson with Caroline outside of Strand Hair and Beauty.
Centre right: Linda, Lindsey, Caroline and Claire in their Christmas jumpers at Castlegate Cards.
Bottom: Tickhill Buttercross.