Council wants to make more of festive lights

Switch-on of Alnwick Christmas Lights 2013
Switch-on of Alnwick Christmas Lights 2013

Wooler should make more of its Christmas lights switch-on and try to establish it as a real community event.

That was the view of members of Wooler Parish Council at Monday’s meeting as they discussed preparations for this year’s event on Wednesday, December 4.

It is hoped that entertainment will be provided and that traders will open late.

Plans for an electrician to put up the lights and check the junction boxes have been made and the Christmas tree will come from Lilburn Estates.

Vice-chairman Coun Colin Burn told the meeting that he had spoken to members of the Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee about procuring more lights and also the health-and-safety aspects.

It was agreed that extra, coloured lights for the Christmas tree should be purchased, at a cost of around £200, and also lights to decorate further trees for about £60.

Referring to last year’s display, he said: “Let’s be fair, it was an embarrassment in terms of the lights along the High Street.”

Coun Rosanna Reed backed the plans, pointing out that there was plenty of money in the Christmas lights funds.

But Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh was concerned that everything was being done last minute, despite discussions starting in June or July.