Lighting up our festive village!
OLYMPIC torch bearers may not be lighting up the streets with the Olympic Flame, but they were still able to brighten up a village, when they switched on Tetney's Christmas lights.
Locals braved the cold and wet weather to gather in the village's Market Place to watch three local torch bearers and five Tetney Primary School children turn on the bright lights hanging from the tree.
Festive cheers erupted as the square was lit up, officially marking the start of Christmas, before the crowds made their way to the village hall to peruse the Christmas stalls.
Torch bearer Shirley Kay, from Brigsley, was proud to be chosen to switch on the lights.
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"It was lovely and the atmosphere was great, considering it was raining!" she said.
"I feel honoured to do events like this and it's nice to show my torch off again."
As reported, Shirley was nominated to run with the torch through Lincoln because she has been teaching disabled children to horse ride with the Cleethorpes and Grimsby Riding Club for 25 years.
Tetney parish councillor Dominic Robinson, 21, was also honoured to switch on the lights. He ran with the torch because he is the youngest parish councillor in Lincolnshire and raised funds for the village.
"This village means a lot to me and it was great to be part of these festivities," Dominic said.
"We have recently won the Best Kept Village Award 2012, and we are looking into creating a Jubilee garden in the centre of the village."
Keith Tyler was also pleased to be able to show the public the Olympic Torch he carried through Wrawby. He said: "I raised £35,000 for children's charities over the years which is why I carried the torch.
"Switching on the lights was touching and a real honour."
Proud dad Robert Hargreaves, from Tetney, was over-the-moon that his daughter Catherine, 5, switched on the lights.
He said: "We have been coming for many years and this year is special with my daughter switching on the lights alongside the Olympic torch bearers.
"We really enjoy this annual event, and it's great to see a good turnout."
Five primary school children from each year were chosen to switch on the lights, after winning a competition to design a lantern.
Catherine, 5, was proud of her lantern which won her the place of switching on the lights.
"My lantern was the prettiest, which is why I think it won in my year group," she said.
"I was really excited when I switched on the lights – I have never done anything like this before."
Other pupils who joined Catherine and the torch bearers included Katie Upcraft, 9, Josh Garrod, 8, Ethan Smith, 7, and Harrison Pratten, 7.
The lights were funded by Tetney Parish Council, and clerk Sue Booth was pleased with the turn out, even though rain persisted.
"We enjoy this event every year and it's nice to finally see the lights switched on," said Sue.
There were around 14 stalls at the event, manned by local craft groups, the Women's Institute, local artists and more.
Sue added: "It's great to give local groups the chance to raise funds for good causes."