Alnwick Chamber of Trade secures funding to light up the festive season

A series of light installations are set to bring some welcome Christmas cheer to Alnwick town centre.

Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 4:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 8:59 am

The Alnwick Garden Christmas Light Trail will be unveiled this weekend and part of it will be in the town centre itself.

Alnwick Chamber of Trade members have also worked tirelessly over the last couple of months to add to the display.

Thanks to a generous donation from Mark Brassell at The Alnwick Garden, a hugely successful Go Fund Me appeal supported by local residents and businesses which raised £3,330 and two successful funding bids that has been made possible.

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Christmas lights in Alnwick are set to be complemented by a series of light installations. Picture by Jane Coltman.

As a result there will be light installations at The Market Place, The Northumberland Hall, Fenkle Street, Narrowgate, Bailiffgate and Paikes Lane.

This is supported by a Christmas shop window display from a multitude of businesses across the town.

Lisa Aynsley, chairman of the Chamber of Trade, said: “This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when people work together.

"This project would not have happened without the support of The Alnwick Garden.

"Their commitment to the people and traders in the town over this crucial trading period has been phenomenal and I for one am extremely grateful, and would like to thank them on behalf of Chamber members.

"There are a number of people to give huge thanks to for making this happen: Emily Pringle of Notes of Northumberland for setting up the Go Fund Me campaign; Fiona Nelson-Van Loon of Ruby Tuesday and Tim Kirton of Alnwick Town Council for writing successful funding bids; Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Estates for their generous funding awards; and of course every business and individual who donated to the Go Fund Me Appeal, the response was overwhelming.

"I encourage everyone to wander around the town to have a look at the lights and shop windows in all their festive glory. I think we could all do with cheering up and this is just perfect.”

She also expressed a huge thank you to all businesses who have kindly housed projectors and provided power for installations even though some of them haven’t been able to open. They are: The Queens Head Hotel, Bailiffgate Museum, House of Elite, Sherkhan, Lilburns, The Cookie Jar and No Limits Gym.

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