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Ilkley Town Crier to turn on festive lights
2:15pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Ilkley Town Crier Chris Richards’s final public function in the role will be to official switch on the town’s Christmas lights.
Former teacher Mr Richards, of Bingley, is to retire from the role at the end of this year, after celebrating his 70th birthday. He was appointed in 2001, and has regularly used his powerful voice to announce many big occasions around town each year.
He traditionally plays a major role in the official Christmas lights ceremony, held on The Grove in November.
But this year, Ilkley Parish Council has decided to keep him in the spotlight for the whole event, by asking him to be the special guest who pushes the plunger to turn on the lights.
The ceremony will this year take place on October 23.