Bexhill Christmas lights campaign reaches £17k

A mock-up of the proposed new Christmas lights for Bexhill
A mock-up of the proposed new Christmas lights for Bexhill

The campaign for new Christmas lights for Bexhill is still rolling with the total raised up to £17,000.

Shining Lights was launched last month to try and improve the town’s festive image after 2014’s decorations left little to be desired.

Proud Bexhillian and Christmas fan Mick Matthews started the campaign and is receiving a few more donations this weekend.

The Bexhill 100 are giving him a cheque for £500 on Sunday at the Old Bathing Station and on Saturday afternoon the arts and crafts shop Issea Tink are donating £50.

“Bexhill has gone Christmas crackers!” he said.

“As a community, the people of Bexhill want something more and I don’t think their happy with the way Rother District Council do it so they have thought, ‘let’s do this ourselves’.

“I really do believe we will have no problem at all to reach our target.”

The original sum quoted for the proposed lights was £60,000 but Mick has managed to cut it down with the partners The Festive Light Company to £45,000.

Some early mock-ups showed an illuminated ‘Welcome to Bexhill’ sign at the end of London Road. Another depicts twinkling lights zig-zagging over the heads of shoppers in Western Road.

The district council are providing £15,000 for the lights but there’s still plenty more fundraising to be done.

Mick reckons over 100 businesses have donated to the campaign and he said there are over 50 more that he is yet to talk to.

In the last week six separate firms have given £100 each and Alistair Hazel kindly donated £1000 for the new lights.

Next weekend Soul Man Sam is holding a disco at the Centre Stage to help raise money.

The motown singer will be on from 8pm till late. Tickets are £5 and for more information call Mick on 07712 201170.

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