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Village Lit Up By First-Ever Christmas Lights

Thursday November 27 2014

A VILLAGE in Barnsley had its first ever Christmas lights switched on last week.

Scores of people attended the event at Barugh Green Primary School last Thursday to see the lighting up a 16ft Christmas tree - the first tree in the school’s history - as well as festive lights on 17 street lamp posts in the village.

It's the first time in its history that Barugh Green has had its own festive lights.

Local businessman Eddie Riby donated over £5,000 worth of lights and teamed up with local councillors Alice Cave, Linda Burgess and Sharon Howard to make it happen.

Eddie, who has lived in the local area all of his life and also attended the primary school, said: "The evening was a huge success and I'm absolutely thrilled for the people of Barugh Green.

"It’s hard to believe now that it all began with a simple email to the council several months ago with the offer of some Christmas lights.

"Seeing everyone's smiling faces and the excitement of the children made me feel incredibly proud."

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Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Thursday November 27 2014 at 18:08
what surprises me not one person from Barugh Green has thanked this local bussiness man for his generous donation to the village.

Are you sure Mr Riby your money is appreciated by the village people.

Reply Posted by Mass Debate on Thursday November 27 2014 at 20:24
Well, if I knew who he was and met him I would say thank you. What annoys me most is the councillors getting in on the action. If the councillors were that interested maybe they could have rustled up some lights up before when council coffees had a few quid in em?

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Thursday November 27 2014 at 20:38
Barnsley Councillors are a bit like Christmas they appear once a year.

Reply Posted by ron on Sunday November 30 2014 at 15:23
I said my thanks by going down to his shop and spending my money.

Reply Posted by Santa Claus on Sunday November 30 2014 at 18:24
Next year we will be bringing present's to all the community