Town gets into the Christmas spirit – in August

Author: By Pat Hurst, Press Association

Rochdale Council workers used a cherry picker and were bathed in summer sun as
they began putting up the decorations on lampposts throughout the borough –
more than 100 days before Christmas.

They include light decorations of traditional Christmas symbols, including a
giant Noel sign and Santa Claus, plus a penguin on skis.

But the council say the lights have gone up early to celebrate festivals for
other faiths including the Hindu festival of Diwali in October and the
Muslim festival of Eid, starting on 20 September.

A spokesman for the council said: “We’re getting into the festive spirit early
this year!

“Festive lights will be installed across the borough by 19 October and the
work is under way now.

“These lights will be used to celebrate a number of festivals, commencing with
Eid next month.”

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