Estate kicks off its festive countdown
NORTH Bransholme has been lit up as part of the estate's Christmas celebrations.
Children and their families gathered to watch the Christmas tree lights switch-on at North Bransholme Community Centre.
The switch-on was part of the annual North Bransholme Christmas Fair and seasonal celebrations are set to continue throughout December.
Councillor Anita Harrison said the events offer something for all the family.
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"We are delighted to be able to hold so many events for residents," she said.
"They are a great way to enjoy the festive season without spending a fortune.
"Christmas is a tough time for many people, especially in this current economical climate, so to offer something fun and enjoyable for everyone is fantastic."
The event, which was organised by Riverside, residents group URBaN and the North Bransholme Community Centre, included Christmas gift stalls as well as a jumble sale.
Janet McCoid, chairman of the centre, said the day was a huge success.
"It was lovely to see so many people down here and enjoying the fair," she said.
"It has been a really good atmosphere and there has been a real community feel about the event.
"We have a lot of Christmas events organised and I would like to thank everyone for their help."
The lights switch-on attracted more than 100 people to help count down before organisers flicked the switch and the 25ft tree burst into light.
Sara Walton came along to the switch-on with daughter Sian, nine, and son Charlie, five.
Ms Walton, 28, of North Bransholme, said: "My kids were really excited to see the Christmas tree.
"It's much easier to walk here rather than going all the way into town.
"Everyone seems to have had a good time despite the cold weather."
Sian said Christmas is her favourite time of the year.
She said: "The tree and decorations are really pretty and I love getting presents."
The community events are being support by social landlord Riverside, which took over the estate in 2010.
Julie Riseborough, head of performance and community engagement at Riverside, said: "We support the Christmas Fair every year because it is a wonderful way of bringing the community together.
"It's also a good opportunity for us to meet our residents in a social setting."