Some bright ideas to make yuletide shine

Organisers hope to improve  the town's Christmas lights this year.
Organisers hope to improve the town's Christmas lights this year.

A FRESH approach has been made to ensure that Fleetwood sparkles this Christmas.

A new Christmas Lights committee has been formed to take on the difficult task of raising enough money to pay for the displays.

In recent years it has been a struggle to pull together enough funding for the Christmas lights, so much so that last year was deemed dismal.

But new ideas have been thrown into the pot, innovative ways to get the money in which will also pull the whole community together.

Committee member Karen Leo from Russell’s hair fashions in Blakiston Street said: “Times are hard, businesses are struggling and people are finding it hard to make ends meet. Because of that, we are not going to ask for one off donations.

“Instead we have decided to sell paper Christmas baubles for people to write messages on. They will be sold in five categories – in remembrance, hopes and wishes, communities, fishermen the lifeboat and the sea and the Armed Forces.

“They will cost £5 each and once the message has been written on, we will laminate them and they will be displayed in shop windows.

“Instead of asking shops and businesses for money, we would like to ask them to help in any other ways they can. Whether it is by donating their time, or helping by offering something they produce.”

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Instead of having strings of lights across the streets, this year the committee would like to see Christmas trees lit and placed above shops all over the town.

The money raised through the bauble appeal will hopefully contribute towards that. Other lighting themes are also been looked at.

“By having trees, no business feels like they have been left out when the lights finish at the end of Lord Street,” said Karen.

“We are also hoping to have a memory book placed for a week in each of the churches in the run up to Christmas for people who have bought baubles to write their messages.”

Hopefully the baubles will be ready for sale by the end of next week and will be available in shops and businesses throughout Fleetwood.

Local schools are also being drafted in for pupils to design posters to promote the campaign.

“We just want the whole community involved.”

Warren Ward Councillor Emma Anderton added: “It was great to see a good turn out at the meeting we had this week.

“We have a full new committee and there are loads of ideas to get things moving.” The committee meet next on March 29.