Micklegate in York celebrates its winter festival with a Christmas lights switch-on

York Press: Jack Baber, left, with councillors Sandy Fraser and Julie Gunnell and local traders at the Micklegate switch-on Jack Baber, left, with councillors Sandy Fraser and Julie Gunnell and local traders at the Micklegate switch-on

MICKLEGATE celebrated the start to its winter festival last night when the Lord Mayor switched on its Christmas lights.

Traders on the street clubbed together to buy decorations for the street’s Christmas tree and celebrated an official switch-on for the first time last year.

This year, Coun Keith Hyman said the Micklegate Action Group had worked hard, making the most of the Queen’s visit to the city and to develop the marketing of the area.

Jack Baber, owner of Bill Baber Knitwear and a member of the Micklegate Quarter, said: “It is a symbolic moment signalling the start of our winter festival. We want to get people on the street, introduce the Micklegate Quarter, and drum up support for membership of the Micklegate Quarter next year.”

Other events taking place during the festival include an affordable art and Christmas craft fair at Bar Lane studios and a children’s storytelling events at We Are Your Emporium on December 1, a visit to the street from Father Christmas, The Stained Glass Centre Christmas fair and a children’s Christmas crafts event at York Baptist Church on December 8, and An Audience with Charles Dickens at Jacob’s Well on December 15.

The festival will close on December 22 with a carols event in Micklegate.

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11:53am Sat 24 Nov 12

bob the builder says...

Publicity seeking councillors creeping in on other peoples hard work again.
Publicity seeking councillors creeping in on other peoples hard work again. bob the builder

12:38pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Even AndyD says...

Love to see this sort of thing - well done Micklegate traders for getting together and making it happen.
Love to see this sort of thing - well done Micklegate traders for getting together and making it happen. Even AndyD

4:24pm Sat 24 Nov 12

roskoboskovic says...

are they bloody mad.the street is a dump with very few shops of any interest and still plenty of vacant premises.is this called positive thinking or are they just deluded.
are they bloody mad.the street is a dump with very few shops of any interest and still plenty of vacant premises.is this called positive thinking or are they just deluded. roskoboskovic

8:49pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Even AndyD says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
are they bloody mad.the street is a dump with very few shops of any interest and still plenty of vacant premises.is this called positive thinking or are they just deluded.
So what you suggesting? Make no effort? Knock the whole street down and build a car park? Or hey - maybe make an effort to keep things turning over until we are no longer living in the darkness of recession?

Sometimes......
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: are they bloody mad.the street is a dump with very few shops of any interest and still plenty of vacant premises.is this called positive thinking or are they just deluded.[/p][/quote]So what you suggesting? Make no effort? Knock the whole street down and build a car park? Or hey - maybe make an effort to keep things turning over until we are no longer living in the darkness of recession? Sometimes...... Even AndyD

10:52am Mon 26 Nov 12

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp

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