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Festive lights arrive on streets

Rochdale's decorations
The decorations will not be lit up until November

Christmas has arrived early in one Greater Manchester town with work under way on displaying the festive lights.

Council workers on cherry-pickers have been fixing the decorations along the streets of Rochdale, more than 100 days before Christmas.

They include a giant Noel sign and Santa Claus as well as generic lights for the Muslim festival of Eid and the Hindu Diwali celebration.

Putting them up early will save £10,000 of taxpayers' money, the council said.

Eid is marked in September and Diwali in October, so the council said it makes financial sense to install all the lights at the same time.

The Christmas decorations will not be lit up until November, a borough council spokeswoman said.

"We have a duty to save taxpayers' money," she added.

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