No Crediton Christmas Lights Switch-On public event - but a free tree boost for traders

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Friday 16th October 2020 5:30 am
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Landscore Primary School pupils singing Christmas songs at last year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On in Crediton. AQ 4927 ()

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EVERY year Crediton Town Council’s Christmas in Crediton sub-committee organises Christmas trees and lights to decorate the town and usually holds a mini-parade and Lights Switch-On event.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, things will be a little different and sadly there will be no public Lights Switch-On event.

However, the committee has been working hard on plans for the community of the town this Christmas since last year.

Chairman of the Christmas in Crediton committee, Town Councillor Liz Brookes-Hocking, said: "Sadly, we won’t be able to go ahead in the same way as last year but we have lots of plans, further details of which will be released in the very near future.

"Thanks to everyone coming together each year we have been able to organise fantastic lighting displays and our main Switch-On event is usually attended by thousands of people.

SHOP LOCALLY

"We have co-ordinated the town Christmas lighting for many years to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents each year.

"This is why we normally hold our Switch-On event at the end of November to give people time to visit our valued traders for all their present shopping.

"Last year we put up 130 trees and stars in the High Street and in other areas.

FREE FOR TRADERS

"Normally we have asked our traders for a contribution towards our lighting fund but thankfully, due to savings from paying for the parade and from the due diligence of the committee, and because of the generosity of a few sponsors, I am pleased to say traders taking part in our scheme will not this year be asked to make a contribution.

"We hope that this saving will be a big boost for our traders and help sustain them at this critical time."

SANTA’S HAT

Mrs Brookes Hocking added: "I am pleased to say that our children’s competition will take place and further details will be available soon.

"The competition will be to design or draw a new Santa’s Hat.

"Our judges have been selected and the winning entries or images, will be displayed in the window at the former Town and Country Stores shop, courtesy of Mole Avon.

"Before that the window will be decorated by Crediton Scouts and Brownies/Guides.

"There will be the telling of the story of Baba Yaga in Crediton’s Town Square one day, which will feature live music, puppets and a small cast.

"There will be the impressive Christmas tree in the Town Square, as well as lots of festoon lighting, and this will be switched on along with the other lights, and cross-street lights, in the town on November 28."

Mrs Brookes-Hocking said that illuminations on business fronts in the High Street area will kindly be put up by members of the Rotary Club of Crediton Boniface.

She added that she hoped that all the trees and decorations will brighten up the town for the festive season, making it a special time for the people of the town and to encourage everyone to shop locally.

For further details, follow Christmas in Crediton on Facebook or via the Town Council website: www.crediton.gov.uk . Also keep up-to-date by reading regular updates in the "Crediton Courier".

For further details, please contact Crediton Town Clerk, Rachel Avery or the Town Council’s Special Projects Officer Lisa Blake on 01363 773717. Alternatively email: [email protected] or: [email protected] .

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