Frost Fest brings festive cheer to care settings

Frost Fest brings festive cheer to care settings

Wigan Council’s first digital Christmas celebration has been on tour, bringing festive cheer to care and supported living facilities.

The team behind Frost Festival – initially streamed online last month – has taken the musical extravaganza on the road through December.

With the use of big screens and speakers set up outside, residents have been able to sit back and enjoy the entertainment through their windows.

Headlined by the ever-popular Lancashire Hotpots, Frost Festival also includes performances from singer Joe Astley, members of Wigan Youth Zone and the choir from Wigan Parish Church.

Scheme manager at Regency Court sheltered accommodation in Scholes, Shelina Rayani, said: “The reaction was great. We had kept it a secret until a few days before – it has lifted everyone’s spirits and they loved the way the flats were lit up.”

A total of nine locations featured on the tour that concluded over the weekend.

With the help of event production specialists LeisureTec, the shows have been carried out completely independent of the care setting facilities, ensuring a Covid-secure environment.

Deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet lead for adult social care, Councillor Keith Cunliffe, said: “We know these visits have been well received and we acknowledge that it has been an extremely tough year for residents and staff in care facilities.

“We’re glad that Frost Festival has been able to put a smile on their faces and I’d like to pay further tribute to everyone’s dedication and commitment through 2020 to ensure our most vulnerable residents are protected.”

It was also announced last week that key-workers, health and social care staff will be honoured with a star on Believe Square and at Leigh Town Hall for their heroic efforts during the pandemic.

All the performances from Frost Festival – including Our Town’s Got Talent winner Zoe Unsworth -are still available to steam online via the council’s new entertainment and cultural channel; This Is Wigan (external link).

Posted on Monday 21st December 2020

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