I thought I would send a photo of our local Christmas lights at the Town Hall. It doesn’t do the display justice as it is grand, colourful and leads through the whole of our main street and market place but it represents what a strong community I live in. All year the Christmas Lights Team work long hours planning, preparing, repairing and generally getting ready for the big day – Switch On Day – usually first Saturday in December. The team are all volunteers giving freely of their time and expertise, a mix of ages and sexes but committed to providing a spectacular centrepiece for our town. Fundraising events, donations, food, entertainment all provided by volunteers and local businesses. During the day things start to build up with a Christmas Fair, Father Christmas visits too and last minute checks on equipment. Over the years the displays have become more sophisticated but so have costs such as insurance and equipment. The volunteers work tirelessly especially during the last few days. Their reward is seeing families, friends and visitors gather around the magnificent tree around 4.30pm in readiness for the big moment. A local child, often representing one of the local charities, is chosen to help the Mayor switch on. This year there are stunning special lighting effects which make the surrounding trees and buildings look magical. People come from miles away to visit and view the lights, donation boxes help fundraise for next year – forward planning here. Many of the shop keepers have individual trees lighted up on their shop fronts all adding to the magic. The lights stretch about half a mile through the town. Carol singing and cheering all add to the excitement. I am so proud to be part of this community but especially want to say the whole event demonstrates the power of people coming together for the greater good. Thank you to my Town.
Special thanks too to my blog friends, you are an amazing group of talented people who have given support, love and encouragement to me across the miles. Merry Christmas to you all and your friends and families.