All-year Christmas cheer for Weston?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 August 2014

Weston High Street.  Christmas lights switch-on.

Weston High Street. Christmas lights switch-on.


A TOUCH of festive cheer could be added to Weston all year round if a town councillor has his way.

Christmas lights could decorate the skyline 365 days of the year to give the seaside town an extra sense of occasion during special events.

This could mean nights such as the Weston Carnival, the Grand Pier firework evenings, seafront concerts or other town centre events will be illuminated.

The lights are funded by Weston Town Council and this year the authority has a pot of £32,500 to spend.

Usually the lights are put up in the High Street and around the town centre over Christmas but Weston town councillor John Crockford-Hawley suggested extending the displays.

He said: “It always strikes me as rather silly to spend a fortune putting up Christmas decorations in the town only to take them down again a few weeks later, when some could be utilised for other occasions of festivity and celebration.

“Of course it stands to reason that Santa in summer would look daft and would risk giving an impression the town council had simply not bothered to remove Christmas tat - so nothing of a Christmas character should be utilised other than at Christmas.”

Cllr Crockford-Hawley suggested the High Street and Italian Gardens should have a Christmas-themed light display which is put up and taken down as usual.

But he suggested West Street, St James Street, Meadow Street and Orchard Street could be decorated all year round with strings of LED lights.

He also suggested the Boulevard into Waterloo Street could enjoy some French-style lighting, with a vast array of single-colour illumination along the trees and shop fronts which could be added to at Christmas.

But it is not just lights the councillor wishes to rethink, but the festive tree in the town centre as well.

He said: “Why spend money chopping down a conifer and placing it in the Italian Gardens only to burn it a few weeks later?

“We could get rid of that ridiculous miniature pond, which used to have a bit of a fountain in it, and plant a semi-mature conifer in its place.

“Then as the tree grows, Christmas lights could be slung over it without going to any more expense - and it would save felling trees unnecessarily.”

The town council’s expenditure and governance working party was this week due to discuss the idea with its approved contractor, Lamps and Tubes Illuminations Ltd.

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