It’s usually a major event in the Manchester calendar. Manchester’s Christmas Lights were switched-on this evening by three NHS frontline members of staff, along with some of the city’s health and social care workers.
The socially distanced event saw the choristers from Manchester and Salford Cathedrals sing traditional carols and was attended by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Tommy Judge and Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson.
The event was broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester and streamed on social media for people to watch at safely home.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “Thank you so much to our brilliant NHS and social workers who made tonight so special. It’s great to put a smile on people’s faces after such a challenging year in Manchester.
“The Christmas Lights switch-on has always marked the start of Christmas in the city and this year will be more important than ever. Christmas is a really important time for the city’s businesses and we will be doing everything we can to ensure people can visit the city centre safely and give businesses the support they need.”