THE SKIES were lit up over Guiseley for the start of Christmas festivities in the town.

A spectacular display of fireworks marked the occasion of the town's second Christmas market and lights switch on event on Sunday.

The crowds turned out in force to enjoy the festivities, which featured stalls, a food court, funfair and a variety of acts and singers.

The event was organised by Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew and a group of volunteers as part of an ongoing project to improve the festive lights display.

Speaking before the switch on he said: "The money that we have raised at the various street party events has been put to improving the Christmas lights around the town, and I hope everyone will notice the difference as we build up the display each year. None of this could have been possible without the fantastic support of all the volunteers who have worked so hard put on this event, and the support from local businesses who have provided sponsorship to help us. I would also like to thank to our local Councillors for the contribution provided from their budget for the lights on the gyratory."

This year a special light was unveiled in memory of Wendy Fawell who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The tribute to Mrs Fawell, from her children Adam and Charlotte, is in the shape of a stargazer lily, her favourite flower.