THE festival lights for Diwali will be illuminated this Friday evening in the town centre.

Cllr Dorothy Higginbottom and Mrs Dorothy Parkin Coates will switch on the lights near the indoor market entrance at Cheapside at 6.45pm.

Diwali, popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’, falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Each autumn, in partnership with local Indian communities, Barnsley celebrates by switching on the Diwali lights in the town centre.

For Hindus, it's one of the most important festivals of the year and celebrated in families by performing traditional activities in the home.

After the switch-on guests will be invited to make their way to Chilli, on Market Street, where light snacks will be available.

The Gujarat Association of Barnsley and the Indian Welfare Association of Barnsley look forward to celebrating this event with members of the public.