Entertainment just before the switch-on featured the Slubbing
Billys Morris Dancers, Benji Jones from Slaithwaite Guitar School and Slaithwaite Brass Band.
The 15-strong Slubbing
Billy's were ordered to leave the Swan and Three Cygnets in Durham shortly after performing in the city's market place.
The Journal reported yesterday how bells on their toes led to The Slubbing
Billys being barred from the city's Swan and Three Cygnets pub due to the pub's brewery owners adopting a strict No Music policy.
A ban on any form of music being played in pubs owned by the Samuel Smith's brewery meant Durham's Swan and Three Cygnets was a no-go area for the men and women of the Slubbing
Billys dance troupe - at least those with bells on their clogs.
Some 25 dance groups took part, including locallybased morris dancers Thieving Magpie, Slubbing
Billy's, North West Morris and the Spiral Maypole Dancers.
Billy member Duggs Carre, a council officer, said: "We couldn't believe it when we were told in the strongest possible terms to leave.
Billy's Morris team are planning to welcome the Tour de France in a typical Yorkshire fashion.
Huddersfield Morris Dancers Slubbing
Billy's are planning to launch their own special Yorkshire welcome to the world's top cyclists, who hit town on July 6.
and one of those at the forefront of this is Slaithwaite's Slubbing
Billys Morris dancers.
Steve, a member of Slaithwaite's Slubbing
Billys North West Morris, is absolutely insistent, adding: "We don't do that."
Billys, a mixed group based in Slaithwaite, is holding an open evening on Tuesday, December 11, at 8.30pm in Slaithwaite Community Centre.
More than 250 villagers enjoyed the attractions, which included the Slubbing