Businesses in Prescot are pledging their support to the council’s magical plans for Christmas in the town this year.
Festivities will begin with a switch-on of the town’s brand new lights on Saturday, 16 November.
A swathe of new lighting is being installed to celebrate the end of an incredible year for Prescot. From new independents opening their doors, to confirmation of additional funding from the council, the government and Liverpool City Combined Authority – there is a real buzz about the town.
And, whilst in previous years a small Christmas switch on event has taken place, the feedback from local residents and businesses suggested that something on a more impressive scale was needed to reflect the current vibrancy of the town centre.
The transformation of the town centre over the past year or so has been dramatic and councillors at Knowsley Council were keen to help the town celebrate its ongoing revival with a much-enhanced Christmas light display and switch-on event.
These plans were spurred on by the collaborative spirit of the town’s traders, who have been working together in partnership with Knowsley Council on initiatives which enhance the town and benefit their businesses collectively. This positive approach saw The Prescot Business Club, made up of representatives from the various businesses in the town, successfully win £10,000 of lighting for the town centre in a competition earlier this year. The prize not only included money to put towards lighting but also a live performance by the band The Jersey’s at a switch-on event.
A stunning and tasteful Christmas lighting display to complement the town’s rich history
The new lighting in Prescot has been chosen by Prescot Business Club in conjunction with the council. It was agreed that the scheme should be sensitive to the town’s historic town centre and make reference to its links with Shakespeare and the Playhouse which is currently being constructed.
The end result is that this year’s Prescot Christmas lights will truly be the biggest and best ever – and will see even more of the streets illuminated for Christmas than ever before.
A huge 25 foot Christmas tree will sit proudly outside St Mary’s Church whilst a bespoke illuminated sign will read: “Welcome wanderer” – part of a famous line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Thanks to investment by Knowsley Council, the lights will be extended from Eccleston Street down the side streets of Leyland Street, Atherton Street and Chapel Street giving a stunning effect and allowing even more businesses to benefit from the decorations.
Who has funded Christmas in Prescot?
Bringing Christmas to Prescot has been a joint effort between local businesses and Knowsley Council.
The £10,000 contribution from the Prescot Business Club has enabled the council to enhance the lighting display significantly into other parts of the town centre rather than just Eccleston Street. To support this, Knowsley Borough Council has invested further significant funding to upgrade infrastructure to be used year after year in the town, host the switch-on event and provide the tree and other lighting.
In addition, several local businesses have been keen to contribute towards the costs and have become sponsors – the council is very grateful to Morecrofts Solicitors, Tarmac and Huyton Asphalt, who have all become sponsors. It is keen to hear from other businesses who wish to explore sponsorship opportunities – anyone interested should contact the town centre management team on 0151 443 2642.
In previous years, Prescot Town Council have allocated money to provide some lights and an event in the town centre, however this year they have declined to contribute towards this.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:
“It has been a truly fantastic year for Prescot and we wanted to support all our traders – new and old – by giving them a Christmas celebration to be proud of.
“Prescot’s success story boils down to the positive attitude of local traders working constructively with the council towards the common goal of achieving long term prosperity for the town centre.
“With so much investment having gone into Prescot – from Knowsley Borough Council, government, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and from businesses themselves – this Christmas switch-on event and the new lights are the icing on the cake for a fantastic year – with much more to come in 2020.”
Kick start your Christmas at Prescot’s magical Christmas Lights Switch on event
In keeping with the biggest and best ever light display in the town, this year’s Prescot Christmas lights switch-on promises to be an unmissable family occasion.
Come along on Saturday, 16 November from 2pm until 8pm for an evening of free entertainment and festive fun.
As well as the grand switch on of the lights at 6.30pm, there’ll be live music from The Jerseys, performances by local artists and street performers to entertain the children. Local businesses will also be part of the event setting up stalls to showcase food, drink and goods, and community organisations will also be in attendance to engage with local residents and visitors.
All this will be topped off with a stunning fireworks display to really welcome in the festive period with a bang.
Christmas around the borough
Prescot’s Christmas light switch on will be the first event of its kind in Knowsley this year.
Events will also be held in both Huyton and Kirkby, which will also benefit from Christmas lighting and centrepiece Christmas trees.
Huyton’s lights will be switched on during November’s Huyton Live foodie event, on Friday, 22 November. There will be food and drink from 12 noon, live entertainment from 4.30pm until 8.30pm and then the Christmas light switch-on will be at 6.30pm, followed by fireworks.
And in Kirkby, the town centre lights will be switched on at an event which will include celebrity performances from Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene, along with an entertainment line-up including Ben from Phats and Small, Katy Ashworth from Cbeebies and 2014 X-Factor finalist, Jack Walton. The fun happens at Newtown Gardens on Thursday, 21 November from 4pm until 7pm and will end with a spectacular firework display.