Honiton Christmas lights receive cash boost
PUBLISHED: 14:31 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 13 November 2013
£1000 has been donated towards the town’s lights.
A drive to brighten up the streets of Honiton this Christmas has received a huge boost thanks to a donation of £1,000 towards the town’s festive lights.
Honiton Bygone Christmas, in conjunction with Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who have been gathering together funding from local businesses to put Christmas lights around the town, were presented with a generous cheque from Lidl in Honiton last week.
Wendy Le Masurier, who has been gathering the funding together, said: “It means we get a chance to put lights in the town.”
The store manager of Lidl in Honiton, Hadleigh Davies, added: “We were very happy to help the community and wanted to give something back. We want to feel part of the community.”
So far funds for the lights are in the region of £1,400, which have been donated by a number of local businesses. However, the cost of putting lights throughout the town is £5,000.
“There is just no way we are going to reach the total this year,” added Wendy. “We will be looking at the future situation. Anything we don’t spend this year will go towards Christmas lights next year.”
However, Wendy says more financial support is needed from Honiton Town Council. She said: “We appreciate there are other pressures on the council but we need to find a way.”
The chamber of commerce and Honiton Garden Centre have donated the Christmas tree, which will be outside St Paul’s Church. The Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Friday, December 6. This will be followed by the Honiton Bygone Christmas event on Sunday, December 8.
The chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, Colin Wright, said: “We hope in future years more money will be forthcoming, although we realise under the current economic climate that things are difficult for everyone.”
Future fundraising events will be held to boost funds for Christmas lights next year.
Anyone wishing to help with the cost of this year’s Christmas lights is urged to call Wendy on 01404 45940.
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