Bamburgh webcam hailed a success in showcasing village lights display over festive period
A webcam showcasing Bamburgh over the festive period has been hailed a success.
The camera was initiated by the Christmas lights group to let the wider world watch the display via the village website.
Viewers were able to see The Grove, the Christmas tree and the illuminated castle in the background.
“It’s been quite a success on the internet,” said Bamburgh Parish Council chairman Barbara Brook.
Clerk Dorothy Scott revealed the webcam received 1,344 hits during December.
“The hits have tapered away now but certainly it was worthwhile having it up in December,” she told members.
The lights committee, which funds the webcam until the end of January, had suggested the camera could be a year-round operation if funding could be found.
However, Coun Brook revealed there had been a lukewarm response from local businesses.
“The lights committee thought that perhaps the businesses might take it on but there hasn’t been much uptake on that,” she said.
At the council’s November meeting, lights committee member Allan Newton said the webcam ‘could be a tremendous tool for promoting the village’.
Around £50,000 has been invested in the lights over the past 12 years, all provided through fund-raising and voluntary contributions. This has helped extend the display from its initial location at The Grove to also include the walled garden.