Despite the odd technical hitch, Barnsley Bright Nights got underway yesterday, with events running until tomorrow and thousands of visitors expected.

The rain stopped just in time for people to gather outside the Glass Works where the entertainment and tree lighting was taking place.

There was also a crowd sing-a-long led by The Lips from Puppets with Guts, a giant disco ball, and even Father Christmas himself made an appearance.

Other attractions include a nine-metre long giant snail, an illuminated parade, glass blowing and lantern-making workshops.

Cllr Robert Frost, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture at Barnsley Council, said: “Barnsley Bright Nights is always a spectacular occasion, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors over the three days. This creative, free festival offers entertainment for all ages and interests.”

The lights were turned on by the Mayor of Barnsley Sarah-Jane Tattersall, but a slight technical issue meant the lights on the main tree took a little longer to light up.

A slightly delayed lighting of the Christmas tree / Elliott Green