Winter wonderland arrives in Chorley

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A giant snow slide, Christmas markets, land train and ice rink – Chorley’s festive fun and entertainment got into full swing at the weekend.

Thousands of fun-seekers descended upon the town centre to celebrate the launch of this year’s attractions.

The four-metre tall slide appeared on the Flat Iron car park, along with a range of festive markets.

At the official opening, Mayor of Chorley John Walker and MP Lindsay Hoyle had the first slide, helped with a push-off from Chorley Council leader Alistair Bradley, who also had a go.

Families were greeted to the Flat Iron car park on Saturday morning by a giant snowman, gingerbread girls, the town crier and Father Christmas himself. Queues began at the Snow Slide even before the official opening and the attraction stayed consistently busy throughout the weekend.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of the council, said: “We have been looking forward to the arrival of the Snow Slide for many weeks now and it certainly hasn’t disappointed.

“The Snow Slide is great fun and the Christmas markets are fantastic. All the families and children that I have seen have all been having a brilliant time and we’ve had some extremely positive feedback.”

To add to the excitement, for one weekend only, a land train tooted into town to transport passengers in style from the Snow Slide to a festive Walled Garden, where, to the delight of hundreds of children, there was a 12-metre ice rink.

The Snow Slide and Christmas markets are open from 10am to 8pm everyday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, until January 5.